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VOL 43 JANUARY, 1996 No. 1 

'Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." / p*t*r 2u 


Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness because of mine 
enemies; make thy way straight before my face. Psalm 5:8 

Take Thou my hand, O Father, and lead Thou me, 

Until my journey endeth, eternally. 

Alone I will not wander one single day; 

Be Thou my true companion and with me stay. 

O cover with Thy mercy my poor weak heart! 
Let every thought rebellious from me depart. 
Permit Thy child to linger here at Thy feet, 
And blindly trust Thy goodness with faith complete. 

Though naught of Thy great power may move my soul, 
With Thee through night and darkness I reach my goal 
Take, then, my hands, O Father, and lead Thou me 
Until my journey endeth eternally. 

-Julie Katharina Hausman, 1862 
Translated by Herman Bruckner (1866-1942) 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the 
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Recently I learned a new song. The words are precious, 
and the tune is simple and reverent. It has blessed me much to 
sing it— even to myself when alone. I scribbled the words on an 
empty envelope and carried it in my shirt pocket. (It is our 
cover poem for this issue.) Psalm 40:3 reads: "And he hath put 
a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God; many shall 
see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord. 11 

We are at the beginning of a new year. It is a good time to 
learn this "new song" David writes about* It is entitled "Praise 
unto Our God." Its verses are many, but they all chant the same 
theme. You can compose new verses of your own and add 
them to those sung by Christians of the past. As people begin 
new projects, they sometimes give them names. We might caU 
this one "Operation Praise." 

Songs have blessed God's people from the beginning. We 
have thousands of them. Melodies can be played on 
instruments, and we can receive inspiration if we know the 
words represented. Even melodies tbemselves can be soothing 
as when David played Ms harp for King Saul But the best 
music is that from the heart. God calls on us to sing, and this 
new song of praise is one of the best. Some have more and 
some less ability to make music with their voices, but all can 
sing to the Lord from the heart. 

Paul and Silas sang in the Philippian prison even when their 
backs were sore from a sound beating and their feet were fast in 
the stocks. They sang the new song of praise, and the prisoners 
heard them. This shows one of the benefits of song: people 


Jesus and His disciples sang a hymn at the close of the "Last 
Supper." Jesus was entering into His time of intense suffering, 
but still He could sing. 

Some of the martyrs composed songs during their time in 
prison. We have them on record. Some sang on their way to 
death. Think of the effect this must have had on those 
watching. People don't sing when they are fearful. They sing 
when then hearts are full of praise. 

Most of us have had the experience of singing to elderly 
ones. Especially when children sing, the older ones seem so 
pleased. The simple songs they knew when they were young 
are the best. It doesn't take a lot of musical talent to minister in 
this way. It just requires that new song of praise in the heart. 

Having written about singing, let us now notice this "new 
song" and its usefulness. David identifies it as praise to God. 
Psalm 33 begins: 

"Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for praise is 

comely for the upright. Praise the Lord with harp: sing 

unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten 

strings. Sing unto lihn a new song; play skillfully with a 

loud noise. For the word of the Lord is right; and all his 

works are done in truth..." 
Praise is "comely" or "becoming" or "decent." It fits Christians 
well. We could say that to praise God is the primary purpose of 
singing. "It is good to sing praises to our God." 

Paul writes (Colossians 3:16), "Let the word of Christ dwell 
in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one 
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with 
grace hi your hearts to the Lord." From this passage we see 
that we can use songs to teach and admonish (remind, warn, 
gently reprove) one another. What a kind way to accomplish 
these duties! Psalm 100:2 and other Scriptures give this in the 
form of a command: "Serve the Lord with gladness: come 
before his presence with singing." 


Sincere praises, even to one another, lifts the spirits of the 
one praised-and we don't even deserve it. But to praise God to 
whom praise belongs is right and good. 

If we label 1996, "Operation Praise 1 ' what positive plan 
should we have to accomplish our goal? One man 
recommended the "Game with Minutes." In this game you try 
to praise God, offer a quick prayer, or simply be conscious of 
Him part of each minute you are awake. I£ after an honest 
effort, tliis seems difficult, how about each five minutes, or each 
hour? Certainly we can at least set aside a time each day to 
communicate with our Creator and praise Him for our very life 
and salvation through Jesus. 

Let us practice eliminating from our hearts the old, tired 
songs of complaining, criticizing, or boasting. Let us set aside 
1996 as a time to learn new songs and especially the new song 
of praise to our God. --L.C. 


Have a Happy New Year! Many people have told me this, 
along with a "Merry Christmas." To many, parties, 
drunkenness, and merchandising makes for a merry and happy 
time; but quite frankly I see nothing happy in these people. 
Quite the opposite. Actually when we reflect on the subject, it 
should be a sober time as we look back on the past year. 

Many people make New Year's resolutions, usually 
focussed on new and coveted accomplishments, or things. For 
the Christian it's a time that we can reflect on the changes in our 
lives: the mistakes we have made, the things we have learned, 
the areas we have grown or not grown. It should be sobering 
to realize all the opportunities lost, the failures; and it could be 
downright depressing if we dwelt on these things too long. 
Hopefully we have learned many things from these failures and 
we can make the resolution to avoid the same failures. I'm sure 


we have won some victories and bad some successes though 
too, and we can resolve to keep on. 

I'm sure I need growth in many areas. I should pray more; 
I should study more; I should be more considerate; I should 
spend more time with my family; more time with brethren; I 
should grow in love; I should rely more fully on Christ and 
increase my faith. 

While it is good to reflect back on experiences, we should 
not dwell too long on them. We are to be pressing onward. 

What lies ahead of us? Without great faith this could be 
fearful in facing the unknown. Yet we do know that God is in 
control and will remain in control. The wickedness of men's 
heaits is waxing worse and worse, yet there are faithful men out 
there. Nations continue to be at war; people continue to be 
poor and hungry or starving; and some people continue to be 
rich. The alignments of nations and cooperation makes us 

One thing we can be sure o£ and that is that we are closer 
to the Lord's return; every day brings us closer, but today we 
are a year closer. In just four more years it will be 2000 years 
since the New Covenant began, the dispensation of grace. "But 
of that day and hour knoweth no man..." (Mt. 24:36) 

So this should bring us joy knowing we are closer to our 
Lord's return and the day that all toil and sorrow will end. 
"What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!" "Even so, 
come, Lord Jesus!" 

I am resolved no longer to linger, 
Charmed by the world's delight; 
Things that are higher, things that are nobler, 
These have allured my sight. 


I am resolved to go to the Saviour, 
Leaving my sin and strife; 
He is the true One; He is the just One; 
He hath the Words of Life. 

I am resolved to follow the Saviour, 
Faithful and true each day, 
Heed what He sayeth, do what He willeth; 
He is the living Way. 

I am resolved to enter the kingdom, 
Leaving the paths of sin. 
Friends may oppose me; foes may beset me; 
Still will I enter in. 

I am resolved, and who will go with me? 
Come, friends, without delay; 
Taught by the Bible, led by the Spirit, 
We'll walk the heavenly way! 

I will hasten, hasten to Him, 
Hasten so glad and free; 
Jesus, greatest, highest, 
1 will come to Thee! 

-Palmer Hartsough, (844-1932 

May tliis be our New Years 1 Resolution! 

-Ron Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 

There is in the world far more hunger for love and 
appreciation than there is for bread. 



From Sckreisheim our tour bus drove us through the tidy 
German countryside to Ladenburg, the birthplace of the first 
Christopher Sauer bom in 1695. He was not a member of the 
Brethren but a Pietist and Separatist. Some Pietists stayed 
quietly in then* state churches, but Separatists withdrew and 
began small worship groups which were frowned upon and 
persecuted by authorities. Sauer was a respected citizen, and a 
plaque now honors him as such on Ms office and residence in 
the cobbled Market Square. He later emigrated to Pennsylvania 
and established a print shop where he printed the well-known 
Sauer Bible. His son was also a printer and an early Brethren 

At Ladenburg we viewed ruins of ancient Roman buildings 
(A.D. 90 to 100) and below them even Celtic remains. From 
Schreisheim and Ladenburg we went on to Heidelburg, the 
scene of much Pietistic activity during the late 17th and 18th 
centuries, some centering around the professors at the 
University. Conrad BeisseL, founder of the Ephrata Community 
was bom near here in 1690. 

We enjoyed a walking tour of the old part of Heidelburg. 
The giant cathedral called the Holy Ghost Church in the Market 
Square, at one time was shared by Catholics and Protestants but 
with constant bickering. It was built around 1400, and we 
found it "under construction" with vendors' booths surrounding 
it. Here also is the University of Heidelburg founded in 1386. 
A majestic castle, partly in ruins, overlooks the city. 

As we arrived at the hotel, from our bus window we saw 
Dr. Nors Josephson waiting to see us. Nors, his sister, and 
parents lived in Twain Harte and attended our church for some 
years in the early 50's. Gisela, Nors f s mother, a graduate from 
the University of Heidelburg 61 years ago, is now in a nursing 


home nearby. Dr. Rudiger Lange and his family, who had been 
in our home on the Mennonite Your Way program, arrived 
soon; and we all had supper at the hotel. Alter Nors left on the 
train for his home in Neustadt, the Langes drove us down the 
Neckar River to see more of Heidelburg. In the balmy evening 
we walked the famous Old Bridge built in 1786-88, (the filth 
bridge here since medieval times) and through the two-towered 
gate into the narrow cobbled streets of the old city. The lights 
shone clearly on the historic castle perched on the hill above us. 
It was late when we told the Langes goodbye and returned to 
our comfortable hotel room. 

In the morning we took a brisk walk to the nearby Train 
Station where thousands of bicycles were parked while the 
owners rushed off to work for the day. After an elaborate 
breakfast buffet, we visited the 1 3th century castle. Here were 
die largest wooden wine barrels in the world. Lying on their 
sides, the larger one had a capacity of 221,726 liters or about 
58,591 gallons. In the court of the castle our group assembled 
to allow all of us to take group pictures. 

After Heidelburg Castle we left for Schwarzenau via 
Frankfurt and Marburg. Morning devotions were in the bus as 
we drove along the Autobahn. Brother Kenneth Martin and I 
were called on to share a description of the Old Brethren 
Church. We were all interested to hear from the various 
Brethren denominations represented on the tour, and each had a 
turn on the following days. 

The Dumbaughs also shared some of their experiences 
researching old records in Germany for their book European 
Origins of the Brethren, They were able to visit and search 
over 100 libraries and archives; one of the most productive was 
the castle at Laaphse. (Laaphse is just south of Schwarzenau 
but we could not get there because of road construction.) They 
discovered that during the times when there was peace and the 


Brethren were left undisturbed, very little account was made. 
But when there was persecution, and members were called 
before the authorities, those events were recorded and filed like 
police records in our time. It is sad to think that our Brethren 
were once counted as lawbreakers or even criminals. 

Leaving the cities we drove on directly to Schwarzenau 
through scenic, wooded hills and quaint farms nestled in 
picturesque valleys. It looked almost like our Sonora area only 
greener. Brother Kenneth remarked, "They were so lar back in 
the sticks, you would think they (the authorities) would have let 
them (the Brethren) go." 

Dr. Durnbaugh pointed out the houses roofed with slate. 
Slate is a local natural resource and we saw hundreds of 
buildings m the villages with gray slate shingles even on the 
sides. It makes a very durable building material that needs no 

As we approached Schwarzenau we had our first view of 
the Eder River which we followed for several miles. We may 
have traced a route similar to the one the Macks took in 1706, 
as they sadly left their home in Schreisheim and sought refuge in 
the area of Witgenstein. Here the tolerant Prince Henrich 
Albrecht (1658-1723), whose residence was the castle at 
Laaphse, welcomed religious refugees to populate his region 
and build up his farmland. 

At Schwarzenau we stopped at the bridge over the Eder 
River. Near this place was the first Brethren baptism in 1708, 
when people (five brethren and three sisters) early one 
morning made their way down from their homes in the 
Huttental and covenanted together to follow the Lord where He 
would lead. The month was likely August, but the day of this 
event was not recorded. Neither was it recorded who first 
baptized Alexander Mack so that he could baptize the other 


It was a peaceful place on tlie edge of the tiny village. The 
Eder is a small stream flowing softly and perhaps thirty or forty 
feet across. We know it is best not to revere places and people. 
Schwa rzenau is no Brethren shrine. But it is of interest to see 
the place where they lived and to think of some of their 
struggles and hopes as they launched out in faith on a new 
venture that was to become the Brethren Church, a pan of 
God's family. Who was the founder and where did he live? It 
can be no other than Jesus Christ from heaven. "For other 
foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus 
Christ." (I Corinthians 3:11) 

From the Eder River our bus took us up to the Huttental 
(Valley of Huts) on the hill above Schwarzenau where the 
Brethren had their humble homes. A large, hall-timbered house 
with a barn connected has been made the Alexander Mack 
Museum. We were welcomed by Beratt Julius, curator of the 
museum, and Otto Marburger of the historical society. The 
museum is well cared for and contains historical items from the 
era of the Brethren in Germany, This house of the museum was 
said by local people to be the former home of Alexander Mack 
because it dates from that time. But Dr. Dumbaugh assured us 
that it is not too likely. The Brethren and other refugees lived 
there in small huts that have long been gone. 

We walked back down to the village from the Huttental, 
perhaps by the very route the eight took that morning of the 
baptism in 1708. It was a beautiful fall day and we walked over 
in the village to see the Alexander Mack School built for the 
Schwarzenau people with help from the Church of the Brethren 
in the U.S. It is now empty but used occasionally for refugees 
from East Europe needing temporary homes. 

That evening we had a special service in the Schwarzenau 
Evangelical Church (Evangel Kirehengerainde) built in 1860, 
where a local pastor gave some inspiring thoughts on the people 
of the Christian faith luting together as a body in God's plan 


to make a quilt-like a design of beauty. We sang this hymn: 

Upon the great church universal, 

The constant object of Thy love, 

May Thine abundant grace paternal 

Be poured out freely from above; 

Thy children trusting in Thy mercy, 

In every place expectant pray; 

Grant that their hopes be not confounded; 

O Lord, be in our midst today. 

-Gute Halle (1704) 

After the service we were assigned to local homes for the 
night and met our host families. It was our special privilege to 
stay at the Huttental with the family (Monika and Herbert 
Milde) whose ancestors had lived in the very house that is now 
the Alexander Mack Museum. Their present home where we 
stayed is beside the museum and overlooking the village of 
Schwarzenau. The Milde family included a son and a daughter 
and Grandmother Kassel who had been the fourth generation 
to grow up in the museum house. 

The next morning we said goodbye to the Mildes who had 
treated us so kindly, and boarded our bus for a short ride to 
Bad Berleburg, founded in 1258. ("Bad" before the name of a 
German town denotes the distinction of being a resort town or 
"bath" place.) This also was a tolerant village where refugees 
from France, Switzerland, and Southern Germany came to 
settle. Here they printed the famous Pietist Berleburg Bible, a 
giant work of eight volumes which was about 90% commentary 
and 10% original text. At that time, type for printing was 
scarce and difficult to make. They used it again and again and 
even took it to America and used the same type to print the 
Sauer Bible. At Berleburg there was a larger museum where 
the Bible is displayed along with old stoves, irons, flax working 
tools, looms, spools, reels, etc. (to be continued) 

—Leslie and Martha Cover 



Happy New Year to all our readers! We are blessed to have 
completed another year of publication, the forty-second since 
The Pilgrin was begun in 1954 by Brother Daniel F. Wolf. We 
give thanks to God for His faithfulness. 

Our appreciation goes out to all who have helped- 
subscribers, contributors, and supporters. Special thanks goes 
to Bill Miller for the address labels, faithful contributors like 
Kenneth Martin, Everett Oyler, Linda Frick, James and Betty 
Beery, and any who have helped in this way. Rhoda and Sarah 
continue to be our typist and proofreader. 

Subscriptions expire on the date following your name on the 
address labeL We send no renewal notices because of our 
mailing method but may underline or write in red the date on an 
expired subscription. 

With this issue Brother Kenneth begins a new series of 
articles entitled "Searching the Scriptures.* 1 Let us know if you 
have ideas for changes that might improve our paper. ( 

We welcome articles and poems for J\\o Pilgrim but still 
must reserve the right to print only those selections we judge 
fitting. We also welcome gift subscriptions and names 
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continue as a subscriber. 

May God bless His people through the coming year. 

—Leslie and Martha Cover 


MARTIN -- A son, Scott Clayton, born November 27, to Kevin 
and Ina Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 



"And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only 
true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:3) 
To know God is eternal life. 

This has been God's desire from the time we were created. 
He pursued this personally in the garden of Eden after He 
created us for His good pleasure, What a blessed time this must 
have been-God calling upon His created likeness, fellowshiping 
with them in truth, harmony and trust—man giving due honor 
and glory to his creator. The tranquility, blessing, and honor 
that surrounded this scene is indescribable, like that which is 
awaiting those who are faithfully looking for His return to man. 
(I Cor. 2:9) 

Satan, looking on in rage and jealousy, wanting man's 
loyalty, was able to devise a plan that deceived man, which 
caused man to distrust God. In this deception man rebelled 
against God by rejecting His counsel and acted upon it, and 
brought on to themselves separation from God. They 
immediately began to suffer the consequences. 

When tills event took place, God said in time He would 
provide a way, an opportunity, for man to be restored to God's 
favor and fellowship. When the time came for this to happen, 
God returned to earth in person, in the flesh of His only 
begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. He communicated again 
with man physically, revealing to man the nature of God, with 
miraculous signs and miracles—proving His preeminence and 
authority over the universe. 

Satan, again in a rage, took on himself to tempt and deceive 
Jesus, the only begotten Son of God, but failed. This is now the 
proof of victory for all those who know God, through faith in 
Christ. (Mat. 4:1-11) Satan, having failed in deceiving Jesus, 


left Him and went to man and was able to deceive them, so that 
they severed relationship with Jesus and participated in taking 
His life. (Unknown to Satan, this was fulfilling the Scriptures in 
which he lost the battle over death. Heb. 2: 14-15) Satan is still 
in the deceiving business; his purpose is to destroy God's honor 
and glory-due His most holy name, which deception separates 
God and man. 

Deception should be the concern of all believers. The 
Scriptures call us to this concern. They give us the key to how 
we can have true discernment. (I John 4: 1,2) 

Satan has become very religious--for a fee he will tell us all 
about God. (II Peter 2:23) He has the ability to do this with 
good feelings, and has become wealthy. He is able to exalt man 
to prestige and honor and fame. This is all a maneuver to 
destroy the humble concept of where God is known in humble 
service in love serving one another, where true fellowship has 
been restored. 

The lite Jesus lived in the flesh has revealed the nature of 
God, that we might know Him. While He lived in the flesh, He 
gained victory over sin and assured us of the same. (John 
16:33) As Jesus revealed God in the flesh, so should we know 
Him and reveal Him. (I John 4:17) Where God is known, the 
fellowship that God and man had in the beginning is known 
among them. (I John 1) Love is the proof of knowing God and 
the knowledge of knowing God. (I John 3:14 and John 13:35) 

God has always had a faitliful witness and holds man 
accountable to this visual testimony. (John 10:38) It is not the 
claims that are being made, but it is the evidence of revealing 
the nature of God. We all need a brother to prove this. 

-Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


A new year before us! There are a lot of things we look 
forward to in it. We have so many Mends, and so many reasons 
to be thankful. Yet often we take these all for granted, and 
forget that it hasn't always been this way in the past. Let us 
young people look at I Thessalonians 5:14-23, and see what we 
can do this year. Are these verses not commands to those who 
are in the Lord? 

Comfort the feebleminded. Older folks like young people 
and it cheers them up so much to see their smiles. 

Be patient toward all men. This is easy to do with our 
friends, but how about those closest to us in our homes? 

Ever follow that which is good. Do we think good 
thoughts, read good things, say good words, do good deeds? 

Rejoice evermore. If you are happy, quite often it also 
brightens those around you. 

Pray without ceasing. Prayer does so much for you and 
your friends. We can say a prayer anytime. 

In everything give thanks. This is the will of God— to be 
content with the place God has given us. We don't have any 
reason to complain. 

Prove all things.. hold fast that which is good. Ask the 
Lord, ask your parents, ask your friends, whether a situation is 
right for you-then grasp tight to a good choice. 

Abstain from all appearance of evil. We should not do 
anything or go anywhere we would be ashamed of having the 
Lord go with us. 

And the very* God of peace sanctify you wholly: and I pray 
God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved 
blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

—Rhoda Cover 
Tuolumne, California 


Little Rachel was staying at Aunt Jennie's for a couple of 
days. Now Rachel was three years old, but she was short for 
her age. Therefore, it was a bit scary for her to stand at the top 
of Aunt Jennie's long stairway and think about going down 
those steps. Of course, three year olds are too big to turn 
around and go down backwards, as babies do! 

So, bravely, Rachel started down the steps, leaning over to 
hang onto the ledge along the stairway. It was slow, 
cumbersome going, but at least she was going. 

Then, along came Aunt Jennie and took hold of Rachel's 
hand. Immediately, Rachel stood up tall Fearlessly, and easily, 
she came down the steps, holding to Aunt Jennie's hand. 

Let's think why Rachel could so easily and fearlessly come 
down those steps with Aunt Jennie holding her hand. Aunt 
Jennie was much bigger and stronger! Rachel knew that if she 
stumbled or started to fall, Aunt Jennie would immediately 
tighten her hand-hold and keep Rachel from going down. So, 
when something in your life begins to look hard and scary, ask 
for help from someone bigger and stronger than you* or from 
someone who knows more about it that you do. 

Your parents, of course, are good ones to go to for help, as 
are older brothers and sister, teachers, grandparents, and others. 
But, don't forget The Someone~Jesus~-Who is the strongest of 
all and knows all about everything! He's always there, ready to 
take your hand and help you if you'll ask. Ask Him to hold your 
hand today as you work and play. 

"For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying 
unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee." (Isaiah 41:13) 

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VOL.43 FEBRUARY, 1996 No. 2 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain 
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." i p*t« 2:11 


Jesus, let Your Holy Being 
Shine right though my self today. 
Let the world see You are real 
And You love them all the way. 

Tm a pilgrim on a journey. 
I know not what lies ahead, 
But I know that God is with me. 
By His Spirit I am led. 

He has brought me safe this far. 
He will lead me ever more, 
For I know He is my Shepherd. 
He's the Way, the Truth and Door. 

-By Sharon M. See 
Zanesville, Ohio 

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Some of us need bifocals or even trifocals. These are 
glasses that enable a person to focus clearly on close objects as 
well as on those farther away. When one is young, his eyes 
adjust easily as they move from near to far so that in each 
position, the vision is clear and sharp. As we get older, the lens 
(which is one part of the body that is not renewed) becomes 
stiffer and will not change shape as it needs to, for good, clear 
vision at various distances. 

Can we make some applications to our spiritual vision? 
One might be in comparing the needs of those around us to 
those at a distance. It is sometimes easy to envision our places 
of service as only far away. We read of desperate conditions in 
Bosnia, in Africa, Central America, and the Orient. We know 
there are areas where the Gospel has not been preached. We 
should see these clearly and be willing to share in the ministry to 
the poor and war-tom areas. But without spiritual "bifocals" 
we may fail to perceive the places near at hand that need our 
love and attention. On the other hand perhaps we are aware of 
things near at hand and feel responsibility to only those close by 
and turn deaf ears to the pleas for help across the sea. We need 
to see both clearly and use our means, our love, and our skills, 
wherever there is opportunity. "But whoso hath this world's 
good and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his 
bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God 

Another comparison of "near to far" might be the present 
to the future need. We could plan too much for the future and 
not enough for now— especially when we have small children. 
They deserve so much love, attention, and training when 


they are learning. But we also need to see the overall picture. 
The care of our children must not be only present tense, but a 
long term developing of good habits that will be of value even 
when they are old. The food we give them should be tasty for 
their present appetites, but also nourishing with the goal of 
building strong bodies. The habits they develop may not seem 
as important now as when they are older. For instance, we 
could excuse selfishness or a neglect of "please" and "thank 
you" in a child, but habits of politeness and regard for others 
will be invaluable in time to come, and they can learn these 
things now. Neatness is a quality family characteristic that 
appears through generations and must be aquired in youth. 

Jesus says to lay up treasures in heaven— not on earth 
"where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through 
and steal." Clear vision of our children's needs and our own 
will show us the true values of love, kindness, joy, faith, and 
peace as opposed to temporal values of houses, lands, and a 
bank account. 

A third area of companion is to understand the needs of all 
ages. Our young people need special attention. They need 
good examples, good activities, encouragement, and sound 
training. They need to see mature Christians happy in 
faithfulness. They also should be sheltered from the seamy, 
suggestive, satanic side of the world. We should see these 
needs clearly and act on them. We also should focus on the 
needs of older ones; young people shouldn f t have all the 
attention. Older folks deserve our respect. Many need care. 
The nursing homes have their place, but in many cases, elderly 
ones are happier in their own familiar home situation, 
surrounded by family members who love them 

Our last comparison might be the large to the small. The 
big assignments that people notice are more attractive to the 
human nature. But so much of life is made up of little duties 
that must be done. These small tasks need our clear vision. 


What job could be more important than the care of children in 
the home by their own mothers? And yet this appears so 
ordinary and unattractive. Thank God for faithful mothers! 

The little tasks around the home-the words of cheer-the 
communication and touch of loved ones— may be so small. But 
when we neglect little things, we invite big problems. Just 
consider the alarming commoness of divorce. What is the cause 
but a neglect of love and caring and sharing in the home? 

I hope our spiritual bifocals will enable us to see that each 
Christian has an important place to fill Each person is precious 
in God's sight. Jesus died for all men, and He wants all to be 

After listing the Christian virtues (...add to your faith virtue, 
etc.) Peter writes: "But he that lacketh these things is blind, and 
cannot see afar oi£ and hath forgotten that he was purged from 
his old sins." (II Peter 1:9) We need clear vision to discern our 
present needs and to remember how much we owe. 

By this time you might ask, "What are the spiritual 
bifocals?" A thorough knowledge, understanding, and 
commitment to the Word of God will help us see. The Psalmist 
writes (119: 130): "The entrance of thy words giveth light: it 
giveth understanding unto the simple." Jesus said, "I am the 
light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in 
darkness, but shall have the light of life." Without Jesus, the 
living Word, in our lives it is impossible to see in perspective, or 
focus on the needs-far or near, large or small. 
Clear glasses, bifocals, are needed today 
To see near and far and around us, we say. 
But spiritual glasses are needed far more 
To make us aware of the needy and poor. 
For we can be helpful if only we will; 
Christ Jesus is waiting the empty to fill. 
So let us see clearly, be ready to go, 
To pray and to serve in His Kingdom below. -L.C. 



Words have incredible power. They can hurt or they can 
heal. They can strike fear, or they can bring inexpressible joy. 
Most of us have a difficult time believing anything we say is 
powerful, that our words actually impact the lives of others. 
Yet almost every word we say shapes the thinking of those who 
hear us. In some way the impact of our words changes their 
concept of us, of others, of themselves, and ultimately of God. 
Those who hear us most are the most affected by our words. 
What an awesome responsibility we have to guard well what 
comes out of our mouths! 

Words can hurt. They are characterized variously as 
arrows, darts, daggers, and swords. If these powerful 
instruments are wielded in the wrong way, they can cut, wound, 
and even kill. They can alienate, isolate, and excoriate. They 
can divide families and destroy reputations. Yet too often we 
live under the illusion that others are little affected by our 
negative verbal behavior. 

Words that criticize, judge, or demean are tools of Satan. It 
is the devil who is called "the accuser of our brothers.*' (Rev. 
12:10) We must be careful we are not guilty of doing his work. 

In the family, the significance of relationships makes our use 
of words even more critical. The words and expressions of a 
spouse or a parent carry an inestimable weight for good or ill. 

Despite the destructive potential of words, the wonderful 
truth is that words can heal. They can be like a soothing 
ointment and a ray of brilliant sunlight. They can console, calm, 
and comfort. They can bind up the brokenhearted and set the 
captive free. 

Jesus used words that way. He described His words as 
having the power of life. (Mm 6:63) He told His disciples to 
ingest His words as they were good food. (6:51) Wherever He 


went He spoke words of comfort, cheer, and deliverance. "Just 
say the word," the centurion told Jesus, "and my servant will be 
healed." (Matthew 8:8) 

Many times in relationships, that is all it would take to bring 
healing and reconciliation— just a word. It might be "I love you" 
or "I am sorry." Usually nothing eloquent or dramatic. The 
needed word at the right moment, expressed in love and 
understanding, can perform miracles. And to think, every one 
of us has access to that power! By using our tongue in the right 
way, we can change the world (beginning with our marriage and 
family) for the better. 

As our relationship with God cannot exist without God's 
speaking to us and our speaking to God, neither can human 
relationships survive without interaction. Sometimes at the 
human level, dialogue is avoided because it has become so 
painftd. However, when we understand the power of words not 
only to hurt and heal, but also to instruct, we can employ the 
right words as instruments to alleviate or remove the pain. 

In the case of difficulties between husband and wife, it is 
essential that one (preferably the husband) take the initiative to 
establish positive communication. That sounds simplistic, but if 
it is done according to the Scriptural pattern, the results will be 

Although sometimes we forget it or do not want to 
acknowledge it, the truth is that we have control over the words 
we speak. Such control implies awesome responsibility. It is a 
serious matter when we understand that our choice of words 
not only have far-reaching implications for the here and now, 
but will follow us to the judgment bar. 

--Taken from the booklet, Quick to Listen, Slow to Speak 
—Submitted by Lois Martin 



As our bus carried us away from tranquil Schwarzenau and 
Berleburg, someone suggested we sing "Shall We Gather at the 
River.'* We left reluctantly, as this was the area we came to 
see— where the Brethren Church began. Dr. Roy Pfaltzgraff 
had our devotions. He and his wife Violet, an RN, had spent 
thirty-eight years working with leprosy as a missionary doctor 
in Nigeria. (His medical journal has been an asset in combating 
leprosy.) His gentle focus was on our "radical pietistic 
background"— "Here is what Christ said." We rode to Marburg 
through the delightful countryside, on a meandering course 
among historic villages, green woods, and beautifully 
maintained farmland. We could peer down into neat and clean 
barns and barn yards so close to the road. Even the manure 
piles were tidy! Narrow streets among half-timbered houses 
were all as colorful as a picture book. Cheerftd fall vegetable 
gardens were close to each farmhouse. 

From our hotel in Marburg, we walked to the Evangelical 
University passing Heretic's Street (a main intersection) where 
heretics were executed. The Durnbaughs appreciated the 
famous universities of Europe as they themselves had spent 
years of study here. A young German theology student, Marcus 
Meyer, speaking fairly good English, showed us into this first 
Protestant university in the world, founded in 1527. Its 
buildings spread over the entire city. Most famous is its 
assembly hall where seven huge, colorful murals decorate the 
walls. One shows a young lady washing the feet of a sick man. 
This Elizabeth of Hiuringia (1207-1231) of noble birth came to 
Marburg, founded a hospital, and became well-loved for deeds 
of mercy and caring for the sick. The Lutheran cathedral built 
over her grave is one of the best known in Europe. 

Another of the murals pictures Martin Luther and Uhich 
Zwingli arriving at Landgrave Castle in Marburg for their 


"colloquy of 1529." Their effort here to unite on doctrine was 
unsuccessful; they could agree on fourteen points, but differed 
on the fifteenth regarding the bread and cup of communion. 
Was God really in some way present as the Catholics had 
taught? Luther held to a form of this view, but Zwingli said no, 
it is only commemorative. "This do in remembrance of me." 
The doctrines of non-resistance, separation of church and state, 
and separation from the world were apparently not discussed. 

After our long walk to the university and Landgrave Castle, 
Dr. Durnbaugh gave us a break from the study tour. We were 
all free to visit the busy open market of Marburg. Long rows of 
booths and shops displayed delicious European food (which we 
sampled), toys, books, clothes, and fruits of all kinds. One 
booth selling honey and beeswax products attracted Bill SchuLz 
who kept bees for a hobby. A man selling shoe polish insisted 
on shining my shoes with a waterproof product. It turned out 
to be waterproof, but also greasy. An excellent school for the 
blind is at Marburg. 

After a restful night under our feather blankets, and more 
interesting meals, we were on our way to the Marienborn area, 
a scene of Brethren missionary activity. It was Sunday, a clear 
fall day, and we had our devotions on the tour bus on "Faith of 
our Fathers." 

At Dtidelsheim we saw the home of Peter Becker, who 
became one of the steady, solid leaders of the Brethren in both 
Europe and Pennsylvania. His residence was special to Martha 
as she counts him as one of the Baker family relatives, a brother 
to Jacob, her ancestor. (Becker-Baker) 

Alexander Mack came here in 1711 to preach, and he 
baptized the daughter of a widow named Eva Elizabeth 
Hofiman. As a result, Eva and her daughter were ordered to 
leave the territory. In the only existing original letter of 
Alexander Mack (which we saw on display in Blidingen Castle) 
he pled with the authorities to let her stay. Mack returned two 


more times to baptize and was finally forced to agree not to 
return. This was strange because Count Ernest Casimir of the 
Ysenburg-Biidingen area had issued an edict inviting all to 
come to restore his war-torn land and towns. He had promised 
them help and supplies to start businesses, and guaranteed 
complete religious freedom. But religious freedom in those 
times was not like we know it, as the authorities demonstrated 
after the fourth baptism. Alexander Mack did not return, but 
John Naas, another Brethren preacher, came in May, 1714. 
This time Peter Becker and his wife were baptized. Beckers 
were permanent citizens while those baptized before had moved 
in on the count's invitation, and this could not be tolerated. 
They were ordered to leave, and the Brethren decided to move 
rather than give up their faith. The passport they were given 
shows that the authorities respected their lifestyle but only 
objected to their activity as "Anabaptists." They sent the 
Brethren away with this letter which was really a 

,f The bearers of this, , have resided in this territory 

for some time, some as subjects, and some as settlers. They 
have so conducted themselves in their civil lives that no one can 
reasonably bring anything against them. As everyone has been 
completely satisfied with them, this is hereby publicly certified. 
They have taken up the teachings of Anabaptism, and desire to 
hold their gatherings here publicly on Sundays and other 
specified days, which the honorable count, our gracious lord, 
had not intended to permit Because of this religious activity it 
has not been possible to tolerate them longer in this territory. 
As they are resolved to leave here and transfer their residence 
elsewhere, we therefore warmly recommend to everyone to aid 
them in then undertaking as evidence of our good will." 

Certified below by the government official of our most 
gracious count. Dated Marienbom, May 6, 1715. (From 


European Origins of the Brethren p. 188, by Donald 

From this area the Brethren moved to Krefeld on the lower 
Rhine where they found tolerance and friendly Mennonites. 

We were privileged to visit the peaceful Seeme Brook near 
rural Dtidelsheim where these historic baptisms were 
performed. I am glad to learn that the early Brethren were 
moved to preach the Word and share their faith even though 
they had resistance from the authorities. 

Other groups found refuge in the Marienborn area and were 
possibly more graciously accepted. The Community of True 
Inspiration (later the Amana Society), the Moravians under 
Count Nicholas L. Von Zinzendorf, and Huguenots at various 
times occupied the Ronneburg Castle nearby. We toured the 
ancient buildings of this castle and had lunch in the modem 
restaurant there. 

Eberhard Ludwig Gruber (1665-1728) a leader of the 
Community of True Inspiration was the one who proposed the 
forty "ground searching" questions to the early Brethren. These 
are available today with the answers given by Alexander Mack. 

The Moravians eventually established an elaborate 
settlement called Hernhaag nearby. Originally it was twelve 
buildings in a foursquare design with twelve gates after the 
pattern of the New Jerusalem. We visited the two buildings 
that remain and are being gradually restored by a small 
Moravian group Irving there communally. One building has an 
upstairs assembly hall with balconies supposed to hold 1000 

At Hernhaag was an unusual cemetery where the graves had 
no names but numbers. Tliis practise ended when the daughter 
of Count Zinzendorf died. It seemed wrong to them to give the 
much loved daughter of the count only a number, so they began 
putting names on the graves, (to be continued) 

—Leslie and Martha Cover 


DANIEL WESTON MOHLER, son of Hennas Orion and 
Ella Ruth (Flory) MoMer, was born at the family home near 
Ripon, California, on February 1, 1925. He was the fourth son 
in a family of seven children. He grew up on the family dairy 
and learned the virtues of diligent labor. 

He was reared in a godly home, and through the influence 
of many others and the work of the Holy Spirit in his heart, he 
accepted the call of Christ and was baptized on September 19, 
1943, by Elder Joseph Rumble. 

On December 12, 1945, he was united in marriage to 
Miriam Amy Wade, sharing the joys and disappointments of life 
together for over 42 years. This happy union was blessed with 
four loving children with whom they shared a close family life. 
He and Miriam were given to hospitality and made everyone 
who entered their home feel welcome. Dan instilled his love 
and devotion for the Lord by example to His children and 
grandchildren through prayer, Bible reading, and singing. 

On April 10, 1964, he was called to the ministry at the Olive 
Grove District of the Old German Baptist Church near Ripon, 
California. He faithfully served in this labor of love until his 
death. For nearly 20 years he had the oversight of the Olive 
Grove Congregation. In his preaching, he often did the work of 
an evangelist by his heartfelt concern for the lost and 
encouragement to fellow believers for a closer walk with the 

Over the years Ms primary occupation was farming. In 
1976, he was instrumental in founding Brethren Heritage 
School which he felt was very rewarding. He constantly had 
the welfare of the next generation on Ms heart. After 
retirement, he volunteered his services at Doctor's Medical 
Center for the good of our local community. 

He was preceded in death by Ms compamon Miriam on May 
25, 1988. 

12 T H E PI L G R IM 

He was married on June 9, 1990, to Lois (Cover) Shirk, and 
they enjoyed nearly six happy years together. 

Having suffered a mild heart attack on Saturday, January 
13, he was hospitalized at Doctors Medical Center, Modesto, 
California. Facing heart surgery, he called for the anointing 
with oil and received much comfort. The hours with his family 
before surgery will be cherished forever. The memories we 
shared and the encouragement he gave us will long be 
remembered. We prayed, we cried, and we laughed together. 
He knew his surgery was very critical, and he said "Whatever 
the outcome, I'll be a winner." After several hours of surgery, 
the Lord called him home on January 18, 1996, in the evening 
at the age of seventy years, eleven months, and 18 days. 

He is survived by his devoted companion, Lois, two 
daughters and sons-in-law: Suzanne and Durand Overholtzer, 
and Sharon and Ray Burrage, Dwayne Overholtzer; two sons 
and their wives; Thomas and Laurie, John and Barb; one sister 
Bernice Bauman; three brothers: Kenneth, Merle, and Marvin 
Mohler; 12 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren. In 
addition to his first companion, he was preceded in death by 
two brothers, Harold and Raymond Mohler, and one 
granddaughter, Marisa Overholtzer. He is also survived by 4 
step-children, 14 step-grandchildren and 3 step-great 

We are ever grateful for the testimony of the Lord Jesus in 
Dad's life. His positive outlook and words of encouragement 
have cheered so many along life's way. Although we shall 
greatly miss his wise counsel and warm, sharing ways, the 
influence of Ms life which always abounded in the work of the 
Lord shall linger with us eternally. 

Funeral services were held January 22, 1996, at West 
Modesto German Baptist Church by Norman Layman, Levi 
Bowman and John Rumble. Wes Bauman conducted the burial 
service at Wood Colony Cemetery. —The Family 



The Scriptures are God's Word written. In them are 
revealed historical and prophetic facts of creation and its 
Creator. The earth we dwell on and the heavens we behold are 
facts that will, without excuse, hold all men accountable to their 
Creator and the Word He has spoken. (Rom 1:20) Holy men 
of old, as they spoke for God, exalted and magnified His most 
holy name for His creative excellence. (Psalms 1:9) 

The Holy Scriptures need no other proo£ other than its own 
page, to hold the position of being the source of all truth. 
When they say it will come to pass, so it will be. 

God is unquestionably the Author of the Holy Scriptures. 
Although He only wrote a very small portion with His own 
hand (Exodus 32:16), His dictation through the Holy Spirit 
moved Holy men of old to write. (II Tim. 3:16) 

Satan, in his efforts to overcome God at various times, tried 
to extinguish the Holy Scriptures with physical forces but lost 
the battle (because the Scriptures declared it so.) (Isaiah 40:8) 

Hie prophecy of Jesus coming in the flesh, to redeem fallen 
humanity began nearly two thousand years before it came to 
pass. When He did come, only a few knew Him. And they 
knew Him because they knew and understood the Scriptures. 

Satan also knew Him, but in his ignorance he didn't under- 
stand what was written and intended to intervene. In doing this 
he could do no more nor less than what was written. (Psalm 

As the events progressed in Christ's passion, it was to fulfill 
that which was written. Not until He had fulfilled all that was 
written of Him was His mission accomplished. (Luke 24:44) 

Jesus was confronted with many hard questions. He would 
usually answer them by saying, 'It is written, " pertaining to the 
subject. In doing this He was reminding man where the true 

14 T H E P IL GR I M 

answers are to be found. The apostles and other New 
Testament characters used the Holy Scriptures for their defense, 
and ably revealed them by memory, winning many hearts 
because they recognized them as the "words of life." 

Others were enraged because they revealed the darkness of 
this world and exposed the wickedness of their hearts, and they 
retaliated in rage. (Acts 7:54) 

The Scriptures are the source of knowing God, therefore 
Jesus says, "Search the Scriptures" that ye might know "what is 

—Kenneth Martin 


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1. How does God liken His people who have turned away from 

Him? They have become cruel like the . 

Lamentations 4:3 Read Job 39:14-18 to see in what way this 
bird in very cruel. 

2. Which bird was used by God to bring food to Elijah? 
I Kings 17:1-7 

3. Which bird seems very insignificant to us but is used by 
Jesus as an example of God's wonderful care for us? 
Luke 12:6-7 

4. Jesus said that we should be harmless as which bird? 
Matthew 10:16 

5. If we wait upon the Lord we shall renew our strength and 
mount up with wings as do the Isaiah 40:31 

6. When Hezekiah was truly sorry for his sin, he mourned like 
which bird? Isaiah 38: 14 

7. Which bird is the symbol of the Holy Spirit? 
Luke 3:22 

8. Which bird did the Israelites eat in the wilderness? 
_Numbers 11:31,32 

9. Which birds were used for sacrifices to God? 
Luke 2:24 

10. Do birds give praise to God? Psalm 148: 10-13 

—From the Exchange Messenger— Selected by Michael Harris 


One day David went to Paul's house to play. They had a 
good time together. But David thought Paul couldn't do things 
as well as he could. When David went home, he was upset and 
asked Mother, "Why can't Paul do anything right? Every time 
we stack up blocks, Paul is always knocking them down. He is 
so clumsy." 

Mother was quiet for awhile, then asked, "David, when we 
were at Paul's house did you help feed the baby calves?" 

David answered, "Yes, I mean I tried but I couldn't. The 
calves kept knocking the bottle out of my hands. Paul just 
seemed to know what to do." 

Mother looked at David and said, "God made each of us to 
be different. You can stack blocks higher than Paul. Paul can 
feed the calves better than others. Never think you are better 
than anyone else." 

Mother told the story of Cain and Abel. They were 
brothers. When they were older, Cain was a farmer. Abel was 
a herdsman. Cain thought God was treating Abel better than 
him. Cain never overcame this jealousy. One day Cam was 
angry with his brother and killed him. 

When you think something bad about someone, ask Jesus to 
help you. Think of the good things they do, and love them. 

Jesus was nailed to the cross. Did He have bad feelings 
towards the men that nailed Him there? No, Jesus asked God 
to forgive them. If we have the love of Jesus, we will all see 
Him face to face. -Everett Oyler 

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VOL. 43 MARCH, 1996 No, 3 

"Dearly beloved, 1 beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul " I Peter 2:11 


Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom; 

Lead Thou me on. 
The night is dark, and I am far from home; 

Lead Thou me on. 
Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see 
The distant scene; one step enough for me. 

I was not ever thus, nor prayed that Thou 

Shouldst lead me on; 
I loved to choose and see my path; but now 

Lead Thou me on. 
I loved the garish day; and, spite of fears, 
Pride ruled my will: remember not past years. 

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still 

Will lead me on 
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till 

The night is gone, 
And with the morn those angel faces smile, 
Which I have loved long since, and lost a while. 

-John Henry Newman 

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Snow is falling in the Sierras this Lord's Day morning. It 
floats down like white feathers with no wind to drive it. Each 
twig of the trees is coated giving the whole outdoors a majestic 
whiteness. It reminds me of the ancient promise of God to His 
people (Isaiah 1:18): "Come now, and let us reason together, 
saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as 
white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as 


In past ages (and even now) it has been next to impossible 
to make something really white. White cloth, white paper, and 
white paint are not as white as they seem at first-especially 
when compared to the whiteness of snow. God, in promising 
that our sins would be made white as snow, was offering us true 
purity-- something impossible for man to attain on his own. 

How beautiful is the snow before it is spoiled by the tracks 
of man! How spotless is the soul that has been forgiven-- 
washed in the Saviour's blood! But how soon the snow is 
spoiled and the life again spotted! The washing of the feet of 
the apostles by the Saviour seems to represent the daily need for 
the Lord's cleansing in our lives. Jesus told Peter, "If I wash 
thee not, thou hast no part with me." And when Peter, hearing 
that, asked for more complete washing by His Lord, Jesus told 
him' "He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is 
clean every whit; and ye are clean, but not all." One 
commentator writes that they had likely been to the bath in 
preparation for the feast, but could easily have soiled their feet 
as they walked. Compare this to our washing in baptism by the 
blood of Jesus, and our need for daily forgiveness and 
cleansing. After Jesus did this, He told them, "If I then, your 
Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash 


one another's feet. For I have given you an example that ye 
should do as I have done to you." 

It is obvious that Jesus is teaching us to serve one another. 
Since this symbol points to the ongoing need for cleansing, and 
we are commanded to do this to one another, it surely must 
mean we can have a part in the purifying of one another. We 
know that only God can save and purify and sanctify, but He 
uses human brethren and sisters in His work. 

Matthew Henry comments: "To wash one another's feet is 
to stoop to the meanest offices of love, for the real good and 
benefit one of another... A serviceableness to the sanctification 
one of another: You ought to wash one another's feet, from the 
pollutions of sin. We cannot satisfy for another's sins, but we 
may help to purify one another from sin... we must sorrow for 
the failings and follies of our brethren, must wash our brethren's 
polluted feet in tears." 

Paul in Galatians 5:1,2 writes, "Brethren, if a man be 
overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one 
in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself lest thou also be 
tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law 
of Christ." First, then, we must be spiritual to help others. 
Only the truly spiritual man sees clearly the issues of right and 
wrong and can help in restoring the wayward. God works 
through the spiritual. We must also have "the spirit of 
meekness." To be proud and high will not help the needy. 
Romans 12: 16b: "Mind not high things, but condescend to men 
of low estate." Third, we must consider ourselves lest we also 
be tempted. 

A friend of mine, Bob Woodford, had taught from the Bible 
regularly at the nearby prison. Bob died early of cancer, and at 
his funeral a colored man testified that he had been in Bob's 
class in the prison. Bob was an educated man, and some of the 
teachings evidently were over the heads of the prisoners. The 
colored man testified that they thought they must get through to 


Bob. So he told Bob, "Hey, we can't understand when you give 
us all those $5.00 and $10.00 words." Bob peered at them over 
his glasses and said simply, "Do you want to stay that way?" 
And he went right on teaching. The colored man told tearfully 
of his appreciation for Bob who helped him so much. 
"Condescend to men of low estate," but point them to a high 

I have been helped, and probably you have too, by 
concerned brethren. I would like to be available to help 
someone else. A kind word, a helping hand, a prayer can mean 
a lot. I John 5:16: If any man see his brother sin a sin which is 
not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them 
that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say 
that he shall pray for it. All unrighteousness is sin: and there is 
a sin not unto death." 

Our current lawsuit has made me more aware of how much 
we need each other-not only to correct faults but to help 
through trials and to bear one another's burdens. 

Bear ye one another's burdens 
Hear the Saviour kindly say 
You are called the weak to strengthen 
Stoop and lift the load today. 

Bear ye one another's burdens 
So fulfill the law of Christ; 
See Him help the heavy laden 
Hear His words that end all strife. 

Bear ye one another's burdens 
He has borne it all for you. 
Help the weary; lift the fallen; 
It is something you can do. 

Bear ye one another's burdens 
Souls are struggling; feeling low 
Wash the feet of those who weaken 
Seeds of mercy freely sow. 

Bear ye one another's burdens. 
Serve the Lord; His will be done 
Some sweet day will be the harvest 
Jesus will reward His own. 



Do you know what effort is? The dictionary defines effort 
as "a voluntary exertion of power; strenuous endeavor; 

We all use a certain amount of effort every day. Without 
the putting forth of effort, not much is accomplished. For the 
feeble or handicapped it may take great effort just to feed and 
dress themselves. For the able-bodied, healthy people, this 
seems to take no effort; but the manual labor they are capable 
o£ does. The things that come naturally take little or no effort, 
but we must rise higher than that. The NIV says "...make every 
effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, 
knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-eontroL, 
perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, 
brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love." II Peter 
1:5-7 The verse following this goes on to say, "For if you 
possess these qualities in increasing measure (more effort) they 
will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your 
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ." 

While it does take some effort to keep up with our duties in 
our homes or outside employment, we usually manage to do so 
because we know that if we don't, it won't get done, and we'll 
be the ones suffering for it. 

Now how about some other things that require effort? 
Things like visiting others, especially those with special needs, 
showing hospitality to visitors at church, and in opening our 
homes to others, being involved in work days and other 
community projects, writing letters, sharing with those in need 
of financial aid, contributing articles to the Pilgrim, etc., etc.? 
Perhaps we are doing all these things, but need to put forth 
more effort to do so in a willing and cheerftd way. These types 
of things, unlike oux home and business duties, we can choose 
not to be involved in, and they'll still likely get done by 


someone. And we won't suffer for it? We may not realize we 
are, but we are suffering for the loss of a great blessing. The 
Lord Jesus certainly put forth an agonizing amount of effort for 
each one of us. Can we not put forth more effort to benefit 
each other? 

What kind of an effort grade are we earning in life's school? 
Is it satisfying our Heavenly Parent? The Master Teacher is 
willing to help us raise our effort grade, if we but feel our need 
of it and ask Him to aid. --Elva Royer 

Goshen, Indiana 


There is no law but that of love. (II John 5-6) Love means 
having joy in others. Then what does being annoyed with them 

Words of love convey the joy we have in the presence of 
brothers and sisters. By the same token it is out of the question 
to speak about a Brotherhood member in a spirit of irritation or 
vexation. There must never be talk, either in open remarks or 
by insinuation, against a brother or a sister, against their 
individual characteristics-under no circumstance behind the 
person's back. Talking in one's family is no exception. 

Without this rule of silence there can be no loyalty, no 
community. Direct address is the only way possible; it is the 
spontaneous brotherly service we owe anyone whose 
weaknesses cause a negative reaction in us. An open word 
spoken directly to the other person deepens friendship and is 
not resented. Only when two people do not come to agreement 
quickly in this direct manner is it necessary to talk it over with a 
third person who can be trusted to help solve the difficulty and 
bring about a uniting on the highest and deepest levels. 
(Matthew 18: 15-16) -Eberhard Arnold 

Submitted by Michael Hams 



Promptly at 8:30 A.M. on Monday, October 16, 1995, our 
tour bus was on the way from Budingen to Krefeld, another 
haven for the harassed early Brethren. We passed through hilly 
country with small picturesque farms nestled in the quiet 
valleys. In the open second story windows, feather blankets 
(ticks) were airing. Before long, traffic increased on the 
Autobahn, and we realized we were approaching larger cities 
with more industry. Even with a twenty minute rest stop and 
one hour for lunch we arrived in Krefeld about 1 ;00. 

Mennonites had settled in Krefeld on the lower Rhine River 
after 1600, and made the place prosperous when they 
introduced the textile industry. Because of this, Mennonites 
were respected and had about equal acceptance with the state 
church. When the Brethren were forced to leave Dudelsheim in 
the Marienborn area, these friendly Mennonites made them 
welcome in Krefeld. Because of their similarity to the 
Mennonites, they were accepted and prospered there. 

Again the zeal of the early Brethren was demonstrated as 
they preached in Krefeld and the surrounding villages. John 
Naas, Peter Becker, and Christian Liebe were leaders, and the 
church grew, even attracting some of the Mennonites. In 
nearby Solingen six brethren and some sisters were baptized. 
These men, John Lobach, John Frederick Honckels, Jacob 
Grahe, William Knepper, Luther Stetius, and William Grahe, 
were arrested and taken to Dusseldorf prison. There they were 
sentenced to life imprisonment and hard labor at Julich Prison. 
Alter foui* year of suffering they were finally released and 
returned to Krefeld. The account of their persecutions and the 
poems they wrote in prison were copied, read, and treasured by 
the Brethren for many years. You can read then story in 
European Origins of the Brethren, pp. 241-268, by Donald 


The Brethren had a variety of experiences in the four years 
they stayed in Krefeld. But one sad episode was probably the 
reason for their migration to the New World. A sincere young 
Brethren minister named Hacker married the daughter of a 
Mennonite preacher. This preacher had actually been baptized 
by the Brethren but continued to preach for the Mennonites as 
they wanted him to stay. A few single brethren led by Christian 
Liebe put Hacker out of the church and placed him in the ban 
because he married outside the church. John Naas, the senior 
minister, and most of the congregation did not agree to this, but 
thought Hacker should only be set back from communion. It 
caused a division that was never healed. Sad results followed. 
About one hundred local people who were interested in joining 
the church, turned away because of this dispute. Hacker felt the 
responsibility keenly, became ill, and soon died. Christian Liebe 
eventually left the church, became a wine merchant, and did 
what he condemned Hacker for: married outside the church. 
After the incident many of the Brethren under the leadership of 
Peter Becker in 1719, migrated to Pennsylvania. John Naas 
followed in 1733. Of those who stayed, some joined the 
Mennonites, and some remained as Separatists, but the 
flourishing congregation of Brethren at Krefeld ceased. 

Our visit to Krefeld was short— about one and one half 
hours. We were privileged to sit on wicker chairs in the 
Mennonite Church there and were welcomed by the local 
pastor. The church was built in 1683, enlarged in the 1800*8 in 
a Greek design, destroyed by bombs in World War II, and 
rebuilt in a simple Mennonite style. 

We were soon on our way, with a little over an hour of 
driving, to Muenster in Westphalia, the scene of "the most 
dramatic event in the history of the Radical Reformation." 

At Muenster in 1532, was established a (so-called) 
Anabaptist church named "New Jerusalem." Having heard 
teaching on the return of Christ, they professed to be awaiting 


His soon coming. As the Catholic and Protestant forces tried to 
break them up, they resisted and fortified the city with Jan van 
Leydon as their "king." On our tour material Dr. Dumbaugh 
described the succeeding "Waco-like" events: "The kingdom 
they established was increasingly fanatical; any critics were 
forcibly expelled or even executed; polygamy was introduced; 
private property was seized. A hectic alternation of terror and 
feasting kept moderate voices quiet. "Apostles" were sent out 
to attract new followers and support, but most were killed 
immediately. Finally, through treachery, the besiegers found 
their way into the city in 1535, They took terrible revenge on 
the inhabitants. The leaders (Knipperdolling, Jan van Leyden, 
and Bernhard Krechting) were placed in cages, exposed to 
public mockery, and finally executed with excruciating tortures 
for maximum agony. The corpses were hung in iron cages from 
the tower of the St. Lamberti Church where the (empty) cages 
may still be seen. This debacle was used for centuries to 
portray the Anabaptist movement as a dangerous and fanatical 
sect that should be suppressed by any means." 

The result of the Muenster event was to give all 
Anabaptists a bad name. In Holland the battle had a profound 
effect on Menno Simons whose brother was also caught up in 
the false teaching and died in the city. Menno felt that, as a 
leader, he should have taught them better tilings. From then on, 
he began to provide more vigorous leadership for the 
Anabaptists in Holland. 

After locating our rooms some of us took a brisk walk 
around the city with Dr. Dumbaugh. We chuckled to note a 
current California license plate in a store window display-also 
street signs in English- "Dead End", "Road Work", "Speed 45" 
in another. Our delicious evening meal was served in a separate 
dining room and since Mavis and Elizabeth had some local 
friends join us, they told us about the area and answered our 
questions, especially about the rebuilding of the city, after the 


destruction from the war. After our closing hymn, Dr. 
Durnbaugh commented we should be doing a singing tour. 

Again we experienced the excellent European hotel 
accommodations and the next morning set out for an 
informative walking tour of Muenster. We saw the St. 
Lamberti Church with the three cages still hanging from its 
tower— a grim reminder of Muenster's violent past. One of the 
tour members questioned, "Why would they hang these cages 
on a church and even leave them there for centuries?" Dr. 
Durnbaugh replied that it must have been for a warning to all 
who might have similar ideas. To us it is repulsive to keep a 
reminder of such a fanatical group and so violent a response by 
the authorities, neither one representing Christian conduct. 

Further on our walk in Muenster, we came to the famous 
Rathaus or town hall, also called the Hall of Peace. Here, after 
four years of negotiations they signed the Treaty of Westphalia 
ending the horrible atrocities of the Thirty Years War. We had 
a 9 A.M. appointment and heard a recording in English in the 
actual room of the treaty signing. It had furnishings over 400 
years old, and all manner of carved wood panels lined the walls 
showing events and symbols from the Bible and later history. 
One was of Peter holding huge keys. Another showed two men 
fighting with swords— both of them without heads— illustrating 
the senselessness of war. During World War II, when ninety- 
two percent of Muenster was destroyed, these panels were 
stored in a nearby castle for safe keeping. Over and over we 
were impressed as we saw throughout Europe such large and 
intricate wood carvings, and the many hours of painstaking 
labor and masterful skill they represented. 

Also in Muenster was a sprawling, cavernous cathedral 
where the bishop had his seat. During World War II, Cardinal 
Von Galen from this cathedral spoke out against Hitler's 
practice of euthanasia-killing the old aged, crippled, and 
mentally ill. So popular was he with the people that he was able 


to withstand some of Hitler f s cruelty in this area. A statue of 
Von Galen stands on the cathedral grounds. 

As we walked back to our hotel and waiting tour bus, deep- 
toned bells sounded out from both the cathedral and St. 
Lamberti Church. A produce truck was unloading crates of 
fresh strawberries from California... (Salinas) 

By 10:00 A.M. we were on our way on one of our longer 
drives heading for The Netherlands. We left Germany at 
Gronau where we were able to change dollars into Dutch 
guilders. The Netherlands would be our last country before 
heading for home. 

(To be continued) 
—Leslie and Martha Cover 

The troublesome lawsuit of the last five years is nearly in the 
past. Those named in the suit were Leslie Cover, Old Brethren 
Christian School, and Old Brethren Church. The issue was 
responsibility for injuries from a fall of a third grade girl (a non- 
member^ child from the community) while on a field trip in 
March, 1990. We praise God that her injuries were not 
permanent, and we hope we have learned the lessons God has 
for us. We are thankM to be able to settle out of court for 
payment of $35,000 to be held in trust for the girl. The amount 
is not yet completely made up. If any would like to help, 
checks should be made out to the Old Brethren Church and sent 
to Marvin Crawmer, 17268 Overland Trail, Sonora, CA. 
95370. Sincere thanks to all for your prayers and concern. 


I am the way, the truth, and the life: saith Christ. 
Without the way there is no going. 
Without the truth there is no knowing. 
Without the life there is no living. 

-Selected from John Strickler's collection 



Within this mortal life of mine, 
A mighty war isdaily fought. 
Each day is full of choice, I find; 
To do what's wrong, or what I ought. 

'Tis not the things with which I work, 
Nor things I use, or wear, or eat. 
'Tis not in these, the sin does lurk, 
That can destroy, and bring defeat. 

Tis in my heart, my intellect, 
That Satan's power encounters God. 
"Tis here I choose what will affect, 
Where I will be, when life is trod. 

These two great powers are daily here , 
To draw my soul, to do their will. 
The choice is mine, whom I will fear; 
Whose guiding hand directs me still. 

The power of God, is greater far, 
Than Satan's efforts, e're can be; 
But if I want that power to bar, 
The evil one from ruling me~ 

Then I must daily, hourly too, 
Choose in my heart, to yield to God; 
And let Him free, His will to do; 
With tender word, or with His rod. 

For only when His power is free, 
To rule my will, in foil control, 
Can Satan's power, be forced to flee, 
So God can make secure, my soul. 

—James Beery 

Jffl E PILGR IM 11 


The prophetic message of the Holy Scriptures is nearing its 
iiilfillment. What has already come to pass has become history 
with unfailing accuracy. What is yet to come will be the climax 
of all earthly events—when Jesus will return and every eye shall 
see Him and the events that will take place. (Rev. 1:7, II Thes. 

The sole purpose for God's written Word is to prepare man 
to face tins day with joy and blessing. 

For man to receive a blessing from someone else, there 
needs to be a love and a meaningful relationship with the giver. 
So it is with God ? s written Word-to love God with all our soul, 
mind, and strength can only be proven in loving His Word, 
(Psalm 119:140) 

The proof of loving His Word is how it affects us and how 
we respond to its companionship and what it is accomplishing in 
our lives. 

To know what is written and experience its power and 
cleansing can only come from a personal diligence in study and 
love for its contents. (Psalm 119:11) We can aid our children 
and help one another in God's Word, but not until we have a 
personal admiration and love for it, can we really know what is 
written. (Psalm 119:162) When we become companions to the 
written Word we place ourselves under its diagnostic ability and 
power. (Heb. 4:12) In doing this we submit ourselves to its 
diagnosis. (Jer. 17:9) 

This moves us to the light of the gospel of Jesus. In 
humility we confess our sins, receive water baptism, and 
become active members of the fellowship of believers. With joy 
we participate in the ordinance of the house of God, in 
edification and fellowship with one another, which continues the 
cleansing and growing process in righteousness. (I John 1:7) 

14 _ - THE PILGRIM. . 

As much as lies within us, we should live in peace, without 
which no man will see the Lord. (Heb. 12:14) Loving that 
which is good, abhorring that which is evil, in love we serve one 
another, not neglecting the assembling of ourselves together, 
looking daily for the return of our Saviour, the Lord Jesus 

These are some of the activities of those that know what is 
written— activities they are engaged in at the glorious return of 
the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ, to be glorified in 
His saints, and be admired by all them that believe. 

—Kenneth Martin 


Jon Beery 67652 C.R. 13 

Goshen, Indiana 46526 

Correction: Arnold Bowser's town is Dogpateh 


JOHNSON - A son, Wesley Richard, born September 20, 
1995, and adopted February 27, by Ken and Karen Johnson of 
Modesto, California. 

FLORA - A son, Clint Marshall, born February 19, to Greg 
and Elizabeth Flora of Nappanee, Indiana. 

CABLE - A daughter, Ellie Marilyn, born February 28, to 
Andrew and Joanna Cable of Wakarusa, Indiana. 


Love beyond all comprehension, 
Love that sent His Son to die; 
That He might save every sinner, 
Bringing them to safety nigh; 
Even though He did not owe 
That for which He cruelly suffered, 
Making sinners white as snow. 

Every one that ever sinneth, 

He shall surely, surely die. 

But he may be cleansed from darkness 

If to Jesus he shall fly. 

Love that like a sheep to slaughter, 

Cruelly put to death and shame; 

Love that let the people mock Him, 

Laughing at His Holy name. 

Love that cares enough to sorrow, 
For the lamb that is astray. 
Love that loves enough to strengthen 
All the ones who walk the Way. 
Love that cares enough to listen, 
To the weary burdened heart; 
Love that brings at last to Heaven 
Where we all no more shall part. 


Love that cared enough to suffer, 

Love that pain and death went through, 

Give, O, give, your all to Jesus; 

He has given all for you. 

— William Johnson 
Modesto, California 


When I was in school, we had a work book called Think 
And Do. There were problems that we had to read. Then we 
would think about them and do them. All through life we have 
problems that we need to Think and Do. Jesus gave us minds 
to use. How thankful we should be that we have good schools 
to go to and good parents to teach us by example. 

I think of one little boy that was taught to share. One day 
he was sitting on the ground. There was a big crowd of people. 
Jesus was talking to the people. All the people were hungry. 
Someone asked this little boy if he would share his lunch with 
Jesus. Yes, he was glad he had something Jesus wanted. 
Because this lad was willing to share his lunch, all this crowd of 
people were fed. 

Joseph's brethren were jealous of him. They wanted to do 
something to him. They thought and acted. They sold him to 
some men for money. 

You want a cookie just before dinner. Mother says no. 
You think about her answer. You do what you think is best. I 
hope you do what Mother says. 

When we have decisions to make we should think... what 
would Jesus do? —Everett Oyler 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain fxom 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" I Peter 2: 1 1 


Christ hung on the cross in His anguish of spirit, 
His hands pierced with nails, thorns crowning His head; 
His feet pinioned down— priests denouncing His merit; 
None praising His greatness, but taunting instead. 

He suffered intensely and blessed the poor robber; 
He prayed for His foes and forgave their vile sin. 
He calls us to follow His footsteps to suffer, 
To witness and praise and forgive from within. 

We have not resisted to blood against sinning, 
Perhaps have forgotten that we are His sons; 
That chastening and suffering and grieving within us 
Will show that the Father with us is not done. 

Then lift up the hands, brace the knees which are feeble; 
Give honor to Jesus, the Lamb that was slain. 
Each take up his cross; follow close the dear Savior, 
For grace and salvation we all shall obtain. 


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Crucifixion is a bloody business. So is killing a lamb. 
Lambs were slain for sin offerings under the old law. Jesus was 
slain for the sins of the world. But at least a lamb was not made 
to suffer. The Savior did suffer; for six long hours He hung on 
the cross in intense sufferings. (The record always makes it 
p\w^--sufferings--m referring to the sacrifice of Jesus.) Why 
did He have to suffer? 

Hebrews 2:9 tells us it was "for the suffering of death" that 
Jesus was "made a little lower than the angels." In the 
Scriptures several Greek words are translated "suffer" or its 
forms. One means to "allow or permit" and another means 
"hardship or pain." Here in Hebrews 2:9 the word means the 
"hardship or pain" of death. 

Besides the physical suffering, Jesus suffered in His spirit. 
The pronouncement of God from old time was, "Cursed is 
every one that hangeth on a tree." Jesus was made a curse for 
us. Think how repulsive it must have been for the One who 
was "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners" to be 
made a curse like a common, wicked criminal. 

The passage in Hebrews 12:2,3 says that Jesus "endured the 
cross, despising the shame." Here despising seems to mean 
disregarding, But it was shame, nevertheless, and the next 
verse tells that He "endured such contradiction of sinners 
against himself." Philipians 2:8: "...He humbled himself, and 
became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." The 
song says, "What He endured, Oh who can tell?" Before He 
died He cried "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" 

As I write this, it is just after 9:00 A.M. on what we call 
Good Friday. Jesus was nailed to the cross at 9:00 A.M., the 


third hour according to Mark 15:25. At the sixth hour (12:00 
noon) darkness "was over the whole land until the ninth hour." 
(3:00 P.M.) Then it was that "Jesus cried with a loud voice and 
gave up the ghost." Try meditating on Jesus* sufferings for six 
hours. No doubt the time would seem long, but it would be 
short compared to one actually suffering for that long. 

God allowed us a hint of His suffering as Father and Son 
when He gave the account of Abraham offering his son Isaac. 
The suffering of this faithful father and of his obedient son is not 
described. The vivid story is just given, and it is for the careful 
reader to imagine the anguish that was experienced. But God 
acknowledged this as one of the greatest examples of faith and 
sacrifice— perhaps because it was so much like His own. He 
told Abraham, "By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, for 
because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy 
son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in 
multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven... and 
in thy seed (Jesus, see Galatians 3:16) shall all nations of the 
earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice," 

Jesus' suffering was the consequence of our sins. Peter 
says, "Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the 
tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 
by whose stripes ye were healed." 

In the case of our suffering, it is many times in consequence 
for our own mistakes. In one of our hymns (#256) the last 
verse says: He wept that we might weep; 
Each sin demands a tear: 
In heaven alone no sin is found, 
And there's no weeping there. 

Other times we might be called upon to suffer for 
righteousness sake. Peter writes a lot about this, as his epistles 
were evidently written to people under persecution, I Peter 
4:12-16: "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery 
trial which is to try you... But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are 


partakers of Christ's sufferings.. .But let none of you suffer as a 
murderer, or as a thie£ or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in 
other men's matters. Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let 
him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf" 
Philipians 1:29: "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, 
not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake." 

Our suffering is so short and so shallow compared to Jesus' 
suffering for us, and even compared to the sufferings of the 
martyrs. Our time is easy physically-probably with more 
danger in having too much in material goods to distract us from 
the sacrificial Christian life. Paul tells us that all who will live 
godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. Jesus said, "If the 
world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you." 
He also prayed that we would be kept from the evil of the world 
and that we would be sanctified through the truth. 

When we were in Europe, we saw a few of the tools used to 
torture Christians for their faith. Men have gone to the very 
depths of depravity in then ability to cause suffering to God's 
people. Read the Martyrs Mirror if you would be informed. 
Here we read in one place of a man drowned for his faith— but 
put under water and lifted up repeatedly to see if he would 
recant. He refused as long as he was able to speak. In another 
place we read of Jan Smit who was hung upside down by one 
leg until he died. In another, of a Christian sister beaten 
repeatedly on her bare back, led to execution with a block 
of wood in her mouth so she could not testify, and finally 
burned to ashes hi a hut of straw. Her husband was treated the 
same. You can read on and on of sufferings like this, and God 
knows and honors them all like He did for His first martyr 

God wants us to remember Jesus' sufferings. He wants us 
to remember that we are bought with a price, we are not our 
own, and we are to glorify Him in our body and in our spirit 
which are God's. --L.C. 


When Jesus hung upon the cross, 
And suffered there in agony 
To save mankind from greatest loss; 
God's love to man revealed, we see. 

As we behold this awesome sight, 
We think of those who stood around, 
And saw the day turn into night, 
And heard the earthquakes awful sound. 

Of those who saw the Savior die; 
Five attitudes in five, we see. 
Each one made choice, and gave reply; 
To stay in sin, or sin to flee. 

Upon a cross at Jesus? left, 
A hardened thie£ condemned to die. 
He cursed! Of hope, he was bereft. 
Repentance was not in his cry. 

"If you are Christ, why hang up here? 
Now save yourself and us!" he cried. 
He still chose sin, not godly fear. 
No hope! he railed at Christ, and died! 

At Jesus right, another thief: 

He too had sinned, and now must die. 

In deep repentance sought relief, 

He looked at Christ: now hear his cry— 

"Remember me!" in faith, cried he, 
"When you, your kingdom, enter in." 
He looked at Christ, and was made free, 
And died assured, true life he'd win. 


Not far away, a Pharisee- 
He claimed to serve the God above. 
He claimed that he, from sin, was free, 
That he'd received, and lived God's love. 

He ridiculed the Savior there; 
"YouVe others saved, now save yourself! " 
No faith, that this was Christ, most fair. 
Self righteousness! he served himself. 

He saw the Savior die that day, 

But felt no reason to repent; 

Was doomed unless he changed his way; 

No hope of Heaven, when life was spent. 

Close by, stood he, whose job it was, 
To crucify the Son of God. 
Not his to judge the Savior's cause; 
To nail Him to the cross, his job. 

A pagan he, but in his mind, 
A deep impression, made this sight. 
Conviction, in his heart, we find; 
As into darkness, fades the light. 

And when the Savior cried, and died; 
Confession, from his lips, came forth. 
"Truly, God's Son, this was!" he cried. 
A good confession, of great worth. 

If faithful to this truth, he'd be; 
'Twould lead him safely home to God. 
From pagan slavery, to be free; 
To endless joy, when life was trod. 


At Jesus* feet, John stood to do 
What- e'er he could, to serve his Lord. 
His fUU intent was to be true 
Then spoke his Lord, whom he adored— 

See mother there, of her take care. 
Obedient, John was faithful still, 
And God to him, gave much to bear 
His life was lived to do God's will. 

Five men, five attitudes we see; 
Each one saw Christ, and chose his way, 
To accept Christ, and be made free, 
Or misery reap, at end of day. 

Though this event was long ago; 
Yet each of us, in this, our day; 
Must in our mind, to Calvary go; 
A choice to make, to guide our way. 

In spirit, we must see Him die 

And then make choice. What we will do? 

Will we in truth, for mercy cry? 

If so, His strength will see us through. 

Or will we push the cross away? 
And live in sin, as on we go. 
The choice is ours; we choose our way. 
And then we'll reap just what we sow. 

—James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 



Our circuit in Europe ends in The Netherlands. What a 
privilege it was to see this unusual country! The Dutch people 
have a saying, M God made the world, but the Dutch made 
Holland." This, of course, is not exactly true but refers to the 
stupendous task of reclaiming farm land from the sea. At great 
cost and effort, huge dikes were built around an area called a 
polder. The sea water was pumped out, the saltiest soil scraped 
away, and then for a couple of years, the rain was allowed to 
leach out the remaining salt. Pumps had to run constantly to 
keep the water from again covering the land. In the past, this 
was done by powerful, picturesque windmills. Today electric 
pumps have replaced most of these. While many nations have 
gained land by war, The Netherlands has gained land by 
reclaiming it from the sea. 

As our bus purred smoothly through this Dutch countryside, 
we immediately saw changes in the architecture of the buildings. 
Many roofs were made of thatch, and the houses were of brick. 
Even modern homes have thick, grassy roofs— no doubt 
providing good insulation as well as shedding the rain 
effectively. Cows grazed in tidy pastures with no fences, but 
rather canals threaded all through the farm land. These deep 
ditches around the fields kept the water drained and provided an 
effective barrier the cows could not cross. We were told that 
here in the past you could tell which church the fanner belonged 
to by the cows in his field. Catholics had one variety and 
Protestants had another! 

At the Old Town of Zwolle we bought fruit and sandwiches 
for lunch and ate on the bank of a wide canal where ships were 
docked. We bought some tulip bulbs which we later left as a 
gift to our bus driver as they were not stamped for approval to 
leave the country. 


Ho'Jland is very flat with dark soil. It is a mystery to me 
where they could get fill-especially rocks-for the dikes. We 
were told that it had to be hauled from a distance where the 
land was higher. 

Travelling north, we arrived at the small town of 
Surhuisterveen in Friesland. To this place the Schwartzenau 
brethren migrated when they were no longer welcome in 
Wittgenstein. The friendly Count Henry Albert had died and a 
new policy of intolerance forced them out. In Surhuisterveen, 
prosperous Mennonite people made them welcome. They made 
us welcome, too. In their church social hall they served us 
much appreciated coffee, tea, and delicious sweet bread. 265 
years ago our forefathers were here. The pastor of the 
Doopsgezinde (Mennonite congregation)told us of the nine year 
stay of the Brethren (1720-1729) and pointed out a building 
directly across the street where they held meetings at that time. 
The pastor compared the stay of the Brethren people to the 
wanderings of Abraham-not finding a place, but moving on at 
God's direction. We sang "Joy to the World 11 and "Jesus Shall 
Reign" after a brief service in their sanctuary. 

Near Surhuisterveen we visited a dairy farm where a small 
stream now runs through the pasture. It was formerly a 
swampy area with a pond called Koitwolde where the Brethren 
held their baptisms. While there, the Brethren kept in touch 
with those at Krefeld who migrated to Pennsylvania in 1719. 
At the urging of these Brethren, the ones at Surhuisterveen also 
migrated from Friesland in 1729. A local Mennonite lady 
smiled as she suggested we should be wearing wooden shoes as 
we walked through that cow pasture. 

From our tour information is this paragraph by Dr. 

"Local tradition has it that the Brethren introduced the 
cultivation of potatoes to the area. Another tradition relates 
that the Brethren were shocked by the amusement of ice-skating 


on the canals in the wintertime; they considered the fast 
movement over the ice to be of the devil." 

At 5:30 after visiting the baptismal site, we made an 
unscheduled stop at an authentic, multi- storied, restored 
windmill, with a thatched roof. It was built in 1654 and 
restored in 1992 by community effort and now is able to grind 
local wheat into flour. We climbed to the various levels to see 
how the power of the wind vanes was converted to run the mill. 
The vanes were constructed to automatically open or close with 
the strength of the wind to keep the speed of the mill constant. 

That night, Tuesday, October 17, we spent in Harlingen, a 
picturesque seaport, on the north coast of Holland. We were 
up early the next morning for a refreshing, breezy walk along 
the docks where huge sea going sailboats were docked. Some 
had two large masts with rudders run by hydraulic rams. They 
were clean and well maintained— evidently to harvest the 
abundant herring from the North Sea. Herring was called 
"Dutch gold" and helped the Dutch economy as they shipped 
barrels of salted fish to other countries. We were pleased to see 
a little statue of the boy with his finger plugging a hole in the 
dike and calling for help— a favorite story for Dutch children. 

We reluctantly left this quaint seacoast village to travel 
along a dike to the immaculate villages of Witmarsum and 
Pingjum. Menno Simons was bom in 1496-500 years ago- in 
Witmarsum and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1524. His 
first parish was in Pingjum nearby. We saw the churches where 
he served— now Reformed, and sat in the Mennonite Memorial 
Church built in 1961 on the anniversary of the death of Menno 
Simons. Away from the villages we walked out to a little grove 
of native elms and oaks with canals on three sides where the 
Menno Memorial stands. It was here that the first Mennonite 
Church of this area had stood and where Menno Simons first 
spoke to his followers after he left Catholicism. 


At the village of Pingjum we visited the "hidden church.' 1 
This building is a dwelling in front, but behind small doors is a 
large room for worship. When it was built in 1600, Mennonites 
were tolerated but were not allowed to show their building as a 
church or to indicate progress or activity. No doubt it was a 
relief from more severe persecution. Now the "hidden church" 
is used only for special services by three of the local churches. 
It was designed to seat the brethren around the outside walls on 
benches behind a low wall or divider. The sisters sat in the 
center on rattan chairs. Seated in this historic church we saw a 
slide presentation on the life of Menno Simons. We sang "How 
Firm a Foundation" together before we moved on. 
(To be continued) 
— Leslie and Martha Cover 


We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in California, 
have agreed to hold our Spring Lovefeast, the Lord willittg, at 
Salida on April 20 and 21. We sincerely welcome all to come 
and be with this at this time of communion and revival. 

—Joseph L. Cover 


Aaron Cable Samuel Royer 

23128 C.R. 44 11300 Riley Rd. 

New Paris, IN 46553 Nappanee, IN. 46550 

(219)831-6942 (219)633-1279 


ROYER - A son, Jethro Stephen, born March 13, to Joe and 
Elizabeth Royer of Mishawaka, Indiana. 



We know of no other written account of Christ's passion 
and resurrection than what is written in the four gospels. The 
richness in truth of this account is the fulfillment of that which 
was written of Him. Had Christ or the gospel writers not 
known what was written, the account would be powerless to 
hold its eternal position as the only source of salvation. 

From the time of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem to 
His ascension into heaven, there was a progression of events 
that was a continual flow of prophecy being fulfilled: from His 
mode of travel into the city, His trial, the death He died, and 
above all, loud and clear, His resurrection from the grave! 

This is now the crowning factor; Satan has lost the battle 
over death, hell, and the grave to those that put their faith and 
trust in Christ and His resurrection power. 

All that was written of Christ— how He was to come into the 
world, all the events that took place at that time— His trial, 
suffering, death, and resurrection— this should be enough to 
convince all men; but He has much more. 

In His ministry, trials, and suffering it is quite clear that He 
was always in control. He knew what would take place before 
it happened. He knew who would betray Him; He knew what 
would happen before the cock crowed, etc. 

Jesus is unquestionably where our trust should be. To 
validate this with our own soul, we confess Him with our 
mouths and believe in our hearts that God has raised Him from 
the dead. "For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; 
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the 
scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be 
ashamed." (Rom. 10:10,11) 



When the heart is manifesting the fruit of righteousness and 
the mouth is confessing the source-this combination is evidence 
of salvation. 

We feel the greatest offence and disappointment that man 
can inflict upon God is to refuse His love and mercy offered to 
us in and through His only begotten Son. 

-Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 

Praise God! The lawsuit settlement fund is complete and 
also enough to pay the attorney's fee. How can we thank our 
precious brethren and sisters in Christ who contributed so 
generously? We can only wish you God's blessings and care, 
and try in our own weak way to live our thanks. May an 
experience and sacrifice of this kind bind us together in love to 
one another and to Jesus who died for us and calls us to serve 
Him in the world, 

-Leslie and Martha Cover and also in behalf of Old f 
Brethren Christian School and Old Brethren Church. 

Dear Brothers, Sisters, and Friends, 

My heartfelt thanks to all of you who have expressed 
sympathy to me in the bereavement of my beloved husband, 
Dan. Your words of encouragement, cards, and prayers will be 
long remembered. May we all be faithful so that we can all 
meet together in the happy land and meet our Savior face to 
face. God bless each one of you for your kindness to me. 

In Christian Love, 
Lois Mohler 



Christ shed His blood upon the tree 
That we from sin might be set free. 

His death example for us here 
To give our lives for brethren dear. 

How do we accomplish this great task 
Giving our lives till earth shall pass? 

Giving our lives involves great care 
Of bearing burdens others bear. 

It's listening to their joys and sighs 
Not begrudging time which flies. 

Giving our lives-speaking things kind; 
It binds us one with Christ divine. 

It's helping them to put Christ first, 
Not be enslaved by tilings of earth. 

Giving is living Christ's commands, 
For saying and doing go hand-in-hand. 

Giving our lives, both you and me, 
That more like Him we each may be. 

Fervently give our lives for all 

And be found faithful when Christ calls. 

—Serena Foster 
Nappanee, Indiana 


There is a story I have heard, 

A poet learned it of a bird, 

And kept its music every word— 

A story of a dim ravine, 

O'er which the towering tree tops lean, 

With one blue rift of sky between. 

And there, oh quite awhile ago, 

A little flower as white as snow 

Swayed in the silence to and fro. 

Day after day, with longing eye, 

The floweret watched the narrow sky 

And fleecy clouds that floated by. 

And through the darkness, night by night, 

One gleaming star would climb the height 

And cheer the lonely floweret's sight. 

Thus, watching the blue heavens afar, 

And the rising of its favorite star, 

A slow change came— but not to mar; 

For softly o'er its petals white 

There crept a blueness, like the light 

Of skies upon a summer night; 

And in its challis I am told, 

The bonny beU was formed to hold 

A tiny star that gleamed like gold. 

Now, little children, sweet and true, 

I find a lesson here for you 

Writ in the floweret's bell of blue. 

The patient child whose watchful eye 

Strives after all things pure and high, 

Shall take their image by and by. 

-Selected by Ruth Flora 

Arcanum, Ohio 

16 THE PIL G RI M . 


This is the time of year that most people think of love: first 
for a family member, a friend, another relative, or just people in 
general. Think of the things we do to show our love. We take 
time to send flowers or a card, but often that is as much as is 
done. And even for a child to really know what true love is, we 
have to say the words, "I love you"; yet we often mix those 
words with a toy or a special gift. But sometimes our actions 
and words seem superficial because it is hard for us to purely 
know what true love is. 

If you want to see a real example of how actions matched 
the word spoken, just take a look at Jesus. He told us in His 
Word that He loves us, then He stretched out His hands and 
showed us by dying on the cross of Calvary. He promised us 
the Holy Spirit to guide us in our Christian walk. (John 16:13) 
Salvation is offered to anyone who will receive His gift. (Rom. 
5:4-8) All this love, freely given in word and deed-what a 
perfect example for us. 

The next time you say "I love you," remember how Christ 
matched His words with the cross. 

by Trever Overcash 
-Selected from Pulpit Helps 

Non-Profit Org. Bulk Rate-U.S. Postage Paid Permit # 10 

Sonora, CA 
19201 Cherokee Rd. 

Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 



VO L . 43 MAY, 19% HslA 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." 1 Peter 2:11 


Help me to walk so close to Thee 
That those who know me best can see 
I live as godly as I pray 
And Christ is real day to day. 
I see someone once a day, or year, 
To them 1 blameless might appear; 
'Tis easy to be kind and sweet 
To people whom we seldom meet; 
But in my home are those who see 
Too many times the worst of me. 
My hymns of praise were best unsung 
If He does not control my tongue 
When I am vexed and sorely tried 
And my impatience cannot hide. 
May no one stumble over me 
Because Thy love they fail to see; 
But give me, Lord, a life that sings, 
And victory over little things. 
Give me Thy calm for every fear, 
Thy peace for every falling tear; 
Make mine, O Lord, through calm and strife 
A gracious and unselfish life; 
Help me with those who know me best 
For Jesus' sake to stand the test, 
-by Barbara Ryberg 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the members of the Old 
Brethren Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent free on request, 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee R&, Tuolumne, C A 95379 


In the month of May comes Mother's Day. It is fitting to 
honor our Godly mothers-not only in May but all year. We 
have two articles in this issue that point out the duties of Godly 
women. Mother's have heavy responsibility to teach purity and 
sobriety to their daughters (and sons, too) that they may be 
worthy of the honor given them by their families. It is the 
sincere purpose of this publication to give honor where honor is 
due and to promote holiness and truth. Our mothers are worthy 
of our love. 

To those dear sisters who would like to have families and 
have not had the privilege, the words of Jesus carry comfort: 
"Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round 
about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my 
mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of 
God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother." --L.C. 


Three times each year were all the males of Israel to appear 
before the Lord for feasts. These were (1) the Passover or 
Feast of Unleavened Bread, (2) Pentecost, called in the Old 
Testament the Feast of Weeks, and (3) the Feast of Tabernacles 
or Feast of Booths. The Feast of Weeks was so called because 
of the very careful numbering of seven weeks and one day after 
the first feast of the year: Passover. The extra day or fiftieth 
day begins a new week and seems to symbolize the new day of 
grace. God saw fit to use this day as the time to pour out His 
Holy Spirit on His church. Accordingly, Pentecost has taken on 


new meaning. It is (not just symbolizes) the beginning of a new 
era of the Kingdom of God on earth. 

That Pentecost Day, when the Spirit came to direct the 
church, has been remembered ever since. Many of the Brethren 
people have made it the occasion for an Annual Meeting. It is 
fitting (though not commanded) that this be a special day. Paul 
mentioned Pentecost in I Cor. 16:8 and desired (in Acts 20: 16) 
to be in Jerusalem for Pentecost. 

This great day when the Spirit came was attended by at least 
three blessings: power, peace, and progress. The power was 
demonstrated by fire and the miraculous tongues. But even 
greater was the power to convict men of their sins. They cried 
out at Peter's preaching, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 
Peter had given them a powerful message of prophecy fulfilled 
and of warning and accusation about what they had done when 
they "by wicked hands" crucified the Lord and Christ. He also 
had an answer for them: "Repent and be baptized every one of 
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye 
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

Peace was there that day. Jesus had made peace by the 
blood of His cross. Now was fulfilled the message the angels 
proclaimed at Jesus' birth. "Glory to God in the highest, and on 
earth peace, good will toward men." Peace was there among 
men, too. Those that responded "had all things common" and 
"continued daily with one accord in the temple." How blessed 
would be the history of the church if through the ages, they 
could have continued with one accord! 

Progress was demonstrated when they obeyed the direction 
of Peter. "Then they that gladly received his word were 
baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about 
three thousand souls." Some critics have objected that the 
baptism of 3000 would have been nearly impossible in one day. 
There were 120 together (including women) that day so there 
may have been many baptizers. Actually the word says that 


there were 3000 added that same day. Possibly the baptisms 
could have occurred on the following days as well. May we 
believe the record, confessing that our knowledge is limited. 

Power, peace, and progress will attend the presence of 
God's Holy Spirit in our time. Unquestionably, without the 
Holy Spirit we are powerless. Paul, who possibly gave the 
most powerful testimony for Christ the world has ever known, 
said he was weak and took pleasure in infirmities. He wrote to 
Corinth, "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in infirmities, 
that the power of Christ may rest upon me." If we want power 
to live for God and to resist temptation, the only source is the 
Spirit of Christ. 

Peace is ours when we are in the Spirit's control; peace is 
one of His gifts. (Galatians 5:22) This means peace with God, 
and peace with one another. John makes it plain that we cannot 
claim to love God and not demonstrate it to our fellowmen. 

The church will make progress when she is led by the Holy ^ 
Spirit. It will be God's standard of progress. This may not be 
measured as much in numbers as in holiness in the lives of the 
members. A healthy living thing grows and reproduces. Where 
the church has the life blood of the Holy Spirit, there will be 
health and growth. 

May this Holy Spirit of God through Jesus our Lord bestow 
on us His power and peace and enable us to make progress 
personally and as people of God. 

Progress, power, peace, and love, 
Holy Spirit from above, 
By rhine all enabling grace, 
Show us Jesus' smiling face. 

Give to us poor, needy men ^y 

Pou>er to live and power to win 
Souls from sin's dark wayward road 
Loosing them from guilts' dread load. 


Holy Spirit, show us peace 
Give from strife Thy sweet release. 
Bind us, keep us, all in one: 
Peaceful brethren of God's Son. 

May true progress mark our way; 
Build us up, O Lord, we pray. 
Make us holy, keep us pure 
In Thy love, content, secure. 


The whole world seemingly rejoices at this season called 
Easter. It is for many the highest and holiest day of the year. 
We have cause to be jubilant-our Messiah lives! This was such 
a reality to those who knew Jesus bodily, that even the 
unbelievers "...marvelled; and took knowledge of them, that 
they had been with Jesus. " (Acts 4: 1 3)] 

Luke further records that "with great power gave the 
apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and 
great grace was upon them all." (Acts 4:33) When this 
becomes living and vital within us-then nothing can change our 
hearts. Hopefully the same can be said of us now, two 
thousand years later. 

If somehow our hearts could just express the very real 
depths of tliis truth-that God in Christ is actually alive and at 
work with great power; then all other things seem small It 
causes us to want to give ourselves to this totally "other," this 
reality that no mere words can fully express. The kingdom of 
^ God is in our very midst, and there is no room for wavering or 
lukewarmness. If the Spirit of God has gripped us, and our love 
overflows in deep commitment (such as we covenanted in our 



baptism into this living Christ), then we can do no other than 
live for this Christ and His kingdom with all our very being. 

So then if indeed this living Christ is a reality in our lives, it 
must somehow be proven. Many false prophets "are gone out 
into the world. 11 (I John 4: 1) Jesus taught that we know a tree 
by its fruit. (Matt 7:15-23) We believe that as we have buried 
our sins in baptism, even so we have risen to walk in newness of 
life, to bear fruit worthy of being a branch of the true Vine. 
(Rom, 6; John 15) Somehow this true fruit can be recognized. 

The apostle John in his first epistle gives many clues of true 
fruit. Clearly we must truly believe in Christ. (I John 5:1) That 
is the foundation. (I Cor. 3:11) However, this belief must be 
shown in action. (I John 4:8) "We know that we have passed 
from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that 
loveth not his brother abideth in death." (I John 3:14) Indeed if 
we walk in the Light as He walks in Light we have fellowship 
or community (German: Gemeimchafi) with one another. ^ 
Only then does the blood of Christ cleanse us from our sins. 
Forgiveness and community are intertwined. We cannot get 
around that which is the underlying essence of Christ faith. So 
church community is one powerful proof of true fruit. (Acts 

Let's notice some characteristics of true community. We 
read in Acts 2:42 characteristics of early church life that is part 
of apostolic tradition for all time, First is the apostles' doctrine. 
That is the whole New Testament which the Brethren have 
always said is their creed. Second is fellowship {Gemeimchafi). 
This is simply "one-anothering." It is sharing and having joy in 
one another. Third is breaking of bread. This is eating together 
often in one another's homes, showing hospitality, and partaking 
of the sacraments. Fourth is praying. It's said of the early 
Christians that "when they had prayed, the place was shaken 
where they were assembled together." (Acts 4:31) It could well 

jm p ilgri m 

be said that the community is the most powerful tool the church 
(which is the community) has. 

Others of the apostles also gave characteristics of true fruit. 
The apostle James writes about this in his epistle. (James 1:26- 
27) It is interesting to note that all of these things have power 
to build or destroy church community. 

First he mentions the tongue, an extremely powerful 
member. (James 3:5) He uses the same illustration of fruit 
bearing in relation to the words we speak. (James 3:11) The 
apostle says that indeed, religion is vain if the tongue is not 
bridled. We are called to build each other up, not tear each 
other down. (Heb. 12:15; Gal 5: 14-15; Rom. 4) 

Second he mentions that pure religion before God is the 
care of orphans and widows. The apostle Paul says that if any 
provide not for his own, he has denied the faith. (I Tim. 5:8) 
To care for our own, especially those belonging to the house of 
God, is love in action. There is no way to get around this sign 
of true fruit. But I think there are two other things that could 
be related. The apostle exhorts us to entertain strangers (Heb. 
13:2), and another is to not show favoritism, especially in our 
meetings. (James 2) 

The third thing James mentions again is a very 
encompassing matter. To keep ourselves unspotted by the 
world means to be separate, unstained by worldly ways. We 
have all rejected, indeed renounced it at our baptism, so now 
we are a people apart. Separation builds church cohesiveness. 
We stick together. We look alike; we think alike. There is an 
element of exclusiveness in this— not the exclusiveness of pride 
and self-esteem, but the knowledge of being the family of God 
(II Cor. 6:17-18), a people for His own. We have now entered 
the Ark, so to speak. (I Peter 3:20-21) When we understand 
this separation, then we understand why, as mentioned above, 
the blood of Christ is operative in Christ's church. The church 
not only proclaims forgiveness, but it offers it through Christ to 





all who will believe and become part of His people. (Matt. 
18:18) To be of His people then means to so live and think that 
the world and its ways are foreign to us. We now belong to 
God's kingdom. 

When we understand these things, Easter becomes reality to 
us. Only in the Lord Jesus Christ who lives can we live in such 
a manner. It is then that we can with deep and absolute 
conviction and certainty joyfully say: 

"The Lord is risen! 

The Lord is risen indeed!" 

May this be reality for us, a powerful manifestation to the 
world of the hope that lies within our bosom. 

Written "that we from our hearts love one another, of one 
mind, in peace remain together." —Michael Harris 

Nappanee, Indiana 
(This article would have been more timely in our last issue. 
Our apologies. --L.C.) ^ 


"That the aged women... may teach the younger women... to be 
chaste." Titus 2:5 

What did the Apostle Paul mean by being chaste? Chaste 
means to refrain from improper sexual activities, be morally 
inoffensive and modest. Our pattern of dress should be 
unadorned, not luxurious, elegant or ornate (flowery or showy) 
and not extreme but moderate. If we are conformed to Christ, 
we will wear what is proper and fitting in dress, and our bearing 
and behavior will be modest. 

The Scriptures teach that the woman's body was created for 
her husband but causes sin if exposed to others or clothed in 
such a way that draws attention to its shape or form. This can 
be done by being extreme and not moderate, by either wearing 
tight, form- fitting clothing or going to great lengths to be 


plainer than anyone else. Either will draw attention to self 
instead of to Christ. 
-^ In Proverbs 3 1:30 we read, " is vain: but a woman 

that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. 11 

In the first letter to Timothy, Paul writes, "In like manner 
also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with 
sharuefacedness and sobriety; noi with broided hair, or gold, or 
pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing 
godliness) with good works." (2:9) The "broided hair" seems 
to indicate braided hair with ribbons, etc. intertwined in it. 

Also, it is made very clear in I Peter 3:3-4 as to how we can 
know if we are leading a chaste life: "Whose adorning let it not 
be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of 
gold, or of putting on of apparel. But let it be the hidden man 
of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament 
of a meek and quiet spirit which is in the sight of God of great 
f^ price." It is made even more clear in the Amplified Bible which 
reads: "Let not yours be the (merely) external adorning with 
(elaborate) interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of 
jewelry, or changes of clothes. But let it be the inward adorning 
and beauty of the hidden person of the heart with the 
incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit 
which (is not anxious or wrought up, but) is very precious in 
the sight of God." 

In conclusion, let us sincerely search our hearts as we 
answer the following questions: 

(1) Does peer pressure influence my decision in choosing 
material for my clothing? 

(2) Do I secretly want to reveal a shapely body or legs? 

(3) Do present styles of the world determine the length of 
my dresses? 

(4) Since the Scriptures teach us to bring our children up "in 
the nurture and admonition of the Lord", do I dress my children 


(5) Do I try to blend in with those who are following God's 
standards, or do 1 have a self-righteous attitude? 

(6) Am I careful to dress neatly and in an orderly manner as 
unto the Lord? 

(7) Is my behavior gentle and peaceful, or am I easily 
wrought up and anxious? 

"Prove all things by the word of His grace" and "hold fast to 
that which is good" is our prayer. 

-Betty Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 


WAGNER -- A son, Blake Edward, born April 13, to Edward 
and Deann Wagner of Modesto, California. 

COVER - A daughter, Allison Rose, bora April 16, to Jesse 
and Rachel Cover of Tuolumne, California. 

BEERY -- A son, Jacob Daniel, bora April 25, to Daniel and 
Miriam Beery of Nappanee, Indiana. 


The Annual Meeting of the Old Brethren Church will be 
held this year, the Lord willing, on May 24, 25, and 26, at the 
meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana. Friday will be council 
day; Saturday and Sunday (Pentecost) will be for public 
preaching; and Saturday evening will be for the Communion 
service. A hearty invitation is extended to all of our brethren, 
sisters, and friends to attend. 

"Melvin Coning 






Six humans trapped by happenstance 

In dark and bitter cold, 

Each one possessed a stick of wood, 

Or so the story's told. 

. Their dying fire, in need of logs; 
The woman held hers back, 
For of the faces 'round the fire, 
She noticed one was black. 

The next man, looking 'round the way, 

Saw one not of his church, 

And couldn't bring himself to give 

The fire his stick of birch. 

The third one sat in tattered clothes, 
He gave his coat a hitch. 
Why i hould his log be put to use 
To warm the idle rich? 

The rich man just sat back and thought, 

Of wealth he had in store, 

And how to keep what he had earned 

From the lazy, shiftless poor. 

The black man's face spoke of revenge 
As the fire passed from sight. 
For all he saw in his stick of wood 
Was a chance to spite the white. 

The last man of this forlorn group, 

Gave not, except for gain; 

Giving only to those who gave, 

Was how he played the game. 

The logs, held tight in death-still hands, 
Were proof of human sin; 
They didn't die from cold without. 
They were already dead within. 

—Author Unknown 
-Selected by Ruth Flora 



To have faith in what is written and to act upon it is the 
most noble pursuit of man. Men of faith have proven its power 
and authority in the world as they physically suffered in the flesh 
and accepted the loss of all things— yea and even their very lives 
at the hands of wicked men "for the word of God and for the 
testimony which they hold." (Rev. 6:9) Only when the Word of 
God is held in this respect, is man able to love and respond to 
all the things the Word calls us to do. 

The Word of God condemns the flesh and declares it 
helpless to know the "truth." (Rom, 8) Therefore the problem 
man has with God's Word is within us. Paul declares this in a 
real way. "For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth 
no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to 
perform that which is good I find not." (Roia 7:18) But he 
found the answer, "Oh wretched man that I am! who shall 
deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through 
Jesus Christ our Lord." The apostle clearly states where the 
problem is when we oppose the Word of God. 

One of the struggles man has with God's Word is the order 
of headship, and it is quite clear that flesh is the problem. In the 
fall of man they lost connection with God's orderly creation. 
The suffering this caused in the human family is indescribable. 
It is the root cause of all broken relationships that were to 
honor God. 

The purpose of God's order is to make all humanity free, 
and in this freedom we will find security and fulfillment, blessing 
and honor. 

The church is called to restore headship order and declare ^ 
and prove it in real life. The proof of this is what is happening 
in the home and church: where husband and wife fulfill their 
God given calling; where children respond to this; where the 


church is responding to one another in true honor and respect. 
This is a result of honoring God's plan for creation. The church 
that is faithful in this calling is also honoring the Word with a 
sign that it honors God in this. 

Paul addresses this in his letter to the church at Corinth; and 
also in his personal letter to Timothy. He explains the headship 
order and gives instruction as to how men and women can 
prove their obedience to this as they relate to their God-given 
calling and lot in life. Also it applies to our personal 
appearance— how man is to groom his hair, and how the woman 
is to have her head covered, which would also cover her hair. 

God created man and woman with an attraction for one 
another. The man being physically stronger and the leader in 
this relationship, the woman has become a prey to him. In his 
uncontrolled passion and lust, woman have suffered morally and 
physically in the hands of unregenerate men. Many have lost 
their lives by this abuse. Godly women that act upon the Word 
of God in humility and obedience are spared this abuse. 

The unregenerate woman, not fully knowing the risk she is 
in, stimulates this in man by her appearance. Much of this is in 
how she exposes her hair. Satan has a scheme: He has 
convinced some women they can have a hairdo that even 
conceals the covering and still have the blessing. When we 
observe this, it always brings disappointment. 

Paul knowing all this, is trying to protect women by helping 
them see this-that the true Godly beauty of a woman is not in 
elaborate hairdos, and wearing of gold and costly array, but that 
they would adorn themselves in modest apparel with 
shamefaced-ness and sobriety. The traditional covering of our 
sisters has served the Biblical requirement well. Also the 
obedience to this in life has proven fruitful. We trust our 
brethren can value this-that this obedience is a sign of 
respecting God's order, and we can be assured we see a good 



We have testimonies of women that were miraculously 
protected because of this visual testimony of faith— where men 
became powerless (at the sight of the covering) to harm in the 
desire for lust. 

As the blood on the door post, for the Israelites, was a sign 
of obedience, so is the covering of our sisters; and the blessing 
is the same: the angels will take notice. We are grateful for our 
sisters that adorn themselves as daughters of Abraham 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 


Such a great sacrifice! — Willing was He 
To bleed and to suffer on Calvary's tree; 
Providing a way to reach God and His heaven, ^ 

Having our wrongs and our sins all forgiven; 
Love to the greatest degree! 

Christ has commanded we love one another 
As He has loved us. We must love our brother 
With genuine love, springing up from inside; 
Love that's divine, since in Him we abide; 

A true Christ-like love for each other! 

Love is compassionate, ready to share 
A part in a fellowman's burden or care. 
Love is longsuffering, like Jesus, Who came, 
Willing to suffer men's scorn and false blame; 

For true love will every thing bear. **\ 


Cast evil and hurtful ideas behind; 
In a heart that is loving, good thoughts you will find. 
Love is not envious, jealous, or rude, 
Rejoices in righteousness, virtue, and truth; 
And love that's of Christ will be kind. 

Love searches not for self s glory alone, 
For love is unselfish; it seeks not her own! 
Pride and its boasting cannot have a part, 
When love and humility reign in the heart; 

This love, like our Savior has shown. 

Tliink how we're unworthy, yet Jesus did give 
Himself as a Sacrifice, that we could live. 
So if this great love in our hearts does abound, 
Won't we then show to our brethren around, 
That true love will always forgive? 

If we would gain the reward up above, 
We faithful to Jesus' great love must now prove. 
Love to the end will forever endure; 
Stable and steadfast and strong and secure; 
The bond of perfection is love! 

Jesus has shown a more excellent way 
That never can fail, if we will obey. 
'Tis loving each other! —By this shall men know 
That we are disciples of Christ here below. 
Let's follow His footsteps today! 

— Rhoda Coning 
Goshen, Indiana 


Once there was a little girl of six weeks old. She became 
sick, and her eyes grew very weak. The doctor put hot packs 
on her eyes. He thought this would help them. Instead it 
caused her to never see again. When she grew older she was 
told that she could never see the faces of her little friends, the 
flowers of the field, the blue skies, or the beauty of the stars. 

Soon she learned that other children could see all the beauty 
around them. She said, "I made up my mind to store away a 
little Jewel in my heart which is called content. 11 This little 
Jewel of contentment was the comfort of her whole life. When 
she was eight years old, she wrote: 

what a happy soul I am! 

Although 1 cannot see, 

1 am resolved that in this world 

Contented I will be. 

How many blessings I enjoy, 

That other people don't! 
To weep and sigh because I'm blind, 
I cannot, and I won't. 
She was a child of deep affection and a great lover of pets. 
One day her mother brought home a motherless lamb. Fanny 
said, Til call it Fannys little lamb." 

Children, I trust you can find this precious Jewel that Fanny 
found: Contentment. If we have this in our hearts, we will be 
Jesus' little lambs! -Adapted from Fanny Crosby's Story 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 ^^^ 


I would not ask Thee that my days 
Should flow quite smoothly on and on, 
Lest I should learn to love the world 
Too well, ere all my time is done. 

I would not ask Thee that my work 
Should never bring me pain nor fear, 
Lest I should learn to work alone, 
And never wish Thy presence near. 

I would not ask Thee that my friends 
Should always kind and constant be, 
Lest I should learn to lay my faith 
In them alone, and not in Thee. 

But I would ask a humble heart, 
A changeless will to work and wake, 
A firm faith in Thy providence; 
The rest- 'tis Thine to give or take. 

-Alfred Norris 

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June 16 is the day the world gives honor to fathers. What is 
a father? Today there is much confusion in the world on the 
role of a father. Sad to say, it seems to have crept into the 
church. Today America is in moral chaos. The traditional 
family, as we know, is no longer the norm. Juvenile 
delinquency, crime, single mothers living in poverty with little 
children who depend on the government for support—it all 
seems to become more rampant with time. 

I believe all this is a result of fathers not taking their God- 
given role in the home. 1 find it interesting to note that the Old 
Testament ends with a warning to fathers: "And He shall turn 
the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the 
children to the fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a 
curse. 11 (Malachi 4:6) We also find a promise in II Chron. 7:14: 
"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble 
themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their 
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive 
their sin, and will heal their land." Man still battles with the 
same problem Adam had in Genesis: When Eve gave him of the 
forbidden fruit, he did not take the role of leadership and say 

If the family is going to prevaM, it will be because husbands 
and fathers accept their God-given responsibilities for leadership 
in the family. We must lead them in the paths of righteousness, 
integrity, honesty and decency, to love their children and care 
for those that depend on them. 

The father is the parent responsible Ibr setting the pattern 
for the child's obedience in the family. Any disciplining 


the mother does is an extension of the fathers authority. The 
father who does not discipline his children is a father who is 
undisciplined himself and is disobedient to God's will. Epk 6:4: 
"And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath... 1 ' He is 
not to over-discipline them or reign in terror with results that 
the child can only react in a blind outbreak of rage. "...But 
bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." Eph. 
5:25 also tells the husbands to love their wives even as Christ 
loved the church and gave Himself for it. 

In the life of Peter it reminds us that even the greatest 
human beings have their moments of human weakness. The 
fearless Peter who accepted martyrdom for Christ's cause had, a 
few years before, denied even knowing his Master. The father 
of a Christian family, carrying as he does so many 
responsibilities, will, like Peter, have his moments of human 
weakness. He is human and will not always be the perfect 
husband and father. Rather than become discouraged, he 
should as Peter did, renew his dedication, striving always to be 
worthy of the love and respect his family gives him as its head. 

Andrew's name in Greek means manly. In reading about 
Andrew, he seems to have been the quiet, helpful type of man. 
The husband and father who has this kind of manliness is 
responsible and reliable. The spiritual and material well-being 
of his family is his constant concern. He is thoughtful and kind 
and knows that little things also are important. The truly 
dedicated man is not interested in popular acclaim He cares 
only about doing his duty as a Christian father. His goodness 
and readiness to make sacrifices for the sake of his wife and 
children are known only to God and his family. 

We also need to realize that we are creatures of choice. A 
Christian father can give his family the finest upbringing and yet 
find his guidance is rejected. Those who know such sorrow 
should take consolation in the fact that Jesus Himself had this 
experience with one of the twelve- Judas Iscariot. When we as 


fathers become discouraged, may we take to heart the words of 
Joab in II Samuel 10:12. God's people were about to be 
overwhelmed by their enemy. Joab said, "Be of good courage, 
and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our 
God: and the Lord do that which seemeth him good.' 1 

My prayer for each father is that we can say as Joshua did: 
"...Choose you this day whom you will serve.. .but as for me and 
my house, we will serve the Lord." (Joshua 24: 15) 
—by James Weaver 
Submitted by Kenneth and Lois Martin 


One outstanding doctrine all Brethren people are familiar 
with is that of non-conformity. Romansl2:2 is plain: "Be not 
conformed to this world." John says, "Love not the world." 
Paul tells us, "To be carnally minded is death." And the Lord 
Jesus prayed to the Father about us: "They are not of the 
world, even as I am not of the world." Christians need to be 
aware of the difference and be careful that the world and the 
worldly are not patterns for us. 

But it is a fact that one can be non-conformed to the 
fashions and ways of the world and still not be following the 
Saviour. Our present time is one of non-conformity— of being 
just as different from the crowd as possible. My daughter 
observed a young man with his hair combed (?) in three tall 
green spikes and the rest of his head nearly shaved. It almost 
seems that the more outlandish the costume, the more 
acceptable. Of course, this is an expression of rebellion against 
order and "the establishment." Strangely enough, we can also 
observe a certain pattern or conformity in all the odd 
expressions of individuality. 

For Christians the standard is higher and the pattern better. 
One cannot please God by non-conformity unless there is a 


positive conformity to Christ. In Romans 8:29 following the 
verse of assurance that "all things work together for good to 
them that love God" we find these words: "For whom he did 
foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the 
image of his Son..." God has a plan to make His people like His 
Son Jesus Christ "...that he might be the firstborn among many 
brethren." Conformity to Jesus Christ is the true non- 
conformity to the world. In fact, there is no acceptable non- 
conformity that is not patterned after Jesus. 

The features of dress and appearance of "plain people" have 
the goal of being like Jesus—unpretentious, modest, orderly, 
neat. Aunt Bertie Baker, now gone home, used to say, "They 
take us for Christians, and what is wrong with that?" Perhaps 
in some settings it would not work that way, but it must 
certainly be our aim to conform to Christ even in dress. And if 
people do not "take us for Christians," something is not right. 
Should we need to tell people we are believers— followers of 
Christ? The ways of Christ are enough different from the world 
that it should be obvious if we are really His people. This is not 
just in appearance. 

Beyond the clothes and appearance, there is a conformity to 
Jesus that is even more important. That is in the things we do 
and the words we say, the places we go and even the things we 
buy, the books we read, and the way we spend our spare time, 
even the "thoughts and intents of our hearts." 

We have heard it said that if the heart is right the rest will be 
right. Certainly the heart is the most important. But we have 
an adversary that would like us to think that some areas develop 
right automatically and do not need our attention-while he 
would attack us in that very spot. 

A "for instance" might be to think that if our clothes are cut 
to a certain pattern, the color or type of material wouldn't 
matter. Could we end up with clothes conformed to Christ in 
one way and conformed to the world in another? 


We might be tempted to depend on appearance for our 
testimony to the world and not communicate the Gospel in 
words telling of our deliverance by the Lord Jesus. 

The adversary might attack us in private. We might think 
that when we are with others, of course, we should not conform 
to the world, but when we are alone, surely we could please 

We may think that our choices of food, furniture, fun, or 
any number of things depend on our ability to pay. But one has 
said, "Extravagance is wrong, even when we can afford it!" 

If the heart truly is right, then the rest will be right because a 
perfect heart is aware of the need for godliness in every area of 
our lives. The secret is being under the influence of the Holy 
Spirit in every part. We need His power or we will fail. It is 
the work of God in His people to make us conformed to the 
image of His Son. 

And now let us quote completely Romans 12:2: "And be 
not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the 
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, 
and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." When we are 
transformed (or changed) by the renewing of our minds, our 
non-conformity will consist in conforming to the will and ways 
of our Savior. 


We're non- conformed? It's not enough 
To be unlike the worldly. 
The world with all its gloss and fluf£ 
With things, possessions, useless stuff. 
Does not attract the godly. 

To be conformed to Christ our Lord; 

Ah, that's the true condition: 

With transformed life, with tender heart 


With willing mind--a brand new start, 
And passions in submission. 

Our Lord is worthy to receive 
Our careful imitation: 
To view His life, observe His love, 
To have His Spirit from above, 
And find in Him salvation. 

A superficial garment change 

Is in itself small fitness; 

But when we are transformed in mind 

And come to Christ; then we will find 

A true, consistent witness. 

So may our lives be hid in Christ 
The only feature showing: 
A contrite soul without, within; 
A love for God; hatred for sin; 
A testimony glowing. 



To travel from Friesland to Amsterdam in Holland, (about 
forty or fifty miles) we crossed the Afsluitdijk, a twenty mile 
long dam or dike. This colossal project of the Hollanders closes 
off the Zuider Zee from the ocean. Where did they find enough 
rock and soil, and resources to haul it long distances? But the 
Dutch have conquered other obstacles and are experts at 
building dikes. This long dike made the Zuider Zee a fresh 
water lake renamed Ijsselmeer. Now 170,000 acres of farm 
land has been reclaimed from the sea. As we drove the smooth 
highway on this impressive dike twenty- five feet above the 


North Sea, the fresh water on our left was lower than the sea 
water on our right. Pumping stations drain water from the land. 

Our lunch stop was at the parking area and tower about half 
way across this long dike. We'd bought some food in a small 
grocery store in Witmarsum. A liter container labeled "Karne 
Melk" proved to be buttermilk! 

We climbed the spiral stairs to the top of the tower and 
from the breezy vista, enjoyed the view of the ocean, clipper 
ships, and the straight highway- on-the~ dike stretching for miles 
in both directions. 

Amsterdam, the largest city in the Netherlands, is said to be 
built on an upside-down forest because of the thousands of 
wooden pilings driven into the soft, swampy soil to make a 
suitable foundation for buildings of any size. For instance, the 
Royal Palace on Dam Square is supported by 13,699 of these 
wood pilings. When we were in Amsterdam we heard the 
pounding of the massive pile drivers as they placed more 
supports for new building projects. 

Our skillful bus driver had more challenges of maneuvering 
a long bus on narrow city streets and around sharp corners. 

Our hotel was tight in a row of tall buildings across the 
street from one of die many wide canals. Amsterdam's busy 
waterways are like a spider web with concentric circles that 
were added as the city grew. In past days these canals served 
as access streets, and even today freight boats travel through 
the city alongside the busy streets. Holland's canals satisfy 
about half of the country's transportation needs. Houseboats 
are tied up like apartments with special permits for permanent 

Our first close view of Amsterdam was a walking tour led, 
of course, by Dr. Durnbaugh. We learned quickly to watch for 
bicycles on the sidewalks. They travel fast, and evidently have 
the right of way. At one point we left the crowded sidewalk, 
passed through the building, and emerged into a quiet, parklike 


churchyard. Hie Beguinhof was a semi-monastic home for 
women who devoted themselves to prayer and works of mercy 
without taking foil vows. This "Beguinage" in Amsterdam was 
founded in 1346 and remains to this day a place of peace and 
quiet in the midst of a lively city. 375 years earlier, the Pilgrims 
worshipped here before coming to America. 

Dr. Dunibaugh also pointed out the Singelkirk which looks 
like a residence outside but houses the Doopsgezinde church, 
office, and other agencies related to the Dutch Mennonites. 

Supper at the hotel was early (6:30) to allow time for an 
evening sightseeing boat tour through the canals of Amsterdam. 
Most of the city can be reached by canals. We passed the 
enormous, impressive Central Railway station lit up with flood 
lights and the Anne Frank House, which we visited the next 
day. The lights on rows of arched bridges were especially 
beautiful. Five, six, and seven story houses were narrow and 
built tightly together like in San Francisco only with different 
architecture. At the top of most of the buildings, on the ornate 
gables, protruding out over the sidewalk, was a hook or a 
pulley which was used to hoist heavy furniture items to the 
upper stories, as staircases were steep and narrow. Tall 
warehouses were also filled and emptied by this same device. 

The next morning our tour bus took us to the Anne Frank 
House. Anne Frank was a teen-aged Jewish girl who, with her 
family, went into hiding to escape arrest by the German 
government occupying Holland during World War II. We 
heard the same church bells that encouraged Anne when she 
was virtually in prison hiding in this house for over two years. 
Eventually they were discovered, arrested, and deported to a 
concentration camp. Her father a former merchant, survived to 
publish Anne's diary revealing the fears and suffering the family 
endured; but Anne, her mother, sister, and several friends died 
under severities of the camp. The multi-storied house where 
they hid is maintained as a sad memorial and reminder of the 


suffering of the Jewish people and the craelty and madness of 
the Nazis. The message of the house is a plea for tolerance and 
peace for all people of the world. 

Our foil day in Amsterdam also included a two hour tour of 
the world famous Rjiksmuseum. Paintings-- wall- sked master- 
pieces of Dutch artists, artifacts, and valuable furniture are well 
displayed in an endless series of modern rooms and halls. 

For lunch and our last afternoon we had free time. We, 
with Kenneth's and Monroe's, found a tiny cafe. While we were 
eating, the Durnbaugh's came, and we had lunch together in the 
quaint Amsterdam restaurant 

After lunch we walked with Kenneth and Lois to "Dam 
Square," a large area in front of the Royal Palace. It was 
occupied at the time by a carnival with the tallest Ferris Wheel I 
have ever seen. Strange characters lounged around the square, 
and we felt uncomfortable and out of place. In this square 
Anabaptists of the past were burned at the stake, giving their 
lives for the faith of Christ. Satan tries various devices on the 
people of the world: in the past, persecution; today, careless 
idleness and fun on the same spot. 

A beautiful feature of Amsterdam is the Singel floating 
flower market. The orderly shops on the sidewalk are supplied 
from boats moored on the canal behind. Here we bought tulip 
bulbs to take home. Colorful flowers attract tourists from many 
countries, including us from the U.S. 

For our last evening in Europe we had a delicious banquet 
followed by a closing program. Dr. Dumbaugh gave us a quiz 
on some of the things we should have learned. The Durnbaughs 
presented each tour member with a souvenir spoon and a 
comment on that person's part in the tour. We were pleased 
when Brother Kenneth was designated as the one passing out 
the most tracts. He had taken the folder "Who are the Old 
Brethren" in both English and German. 


In honor of the Dumbaughs and appreciation for their 
service, our tour group presented $540.00 to the Brethren 
Encyclopedia to further their work of preserving the history of 
the Brethren Churches. 

The next day was our flight home from Amsterdam to New 
York. On the plane, the map of Europe and North America— at 
least surrounding the Atlantic Ocean—flashed on the screen and 
we could see our position as we left Schiphol in Amsterdam in 
early afternoon and headed west, over Great Britain, and the 
vast Atlantic Ocean and Nova Scotia on our way to J.F.K, 
Posted was our present time, hours to our destination, the time 
at our destination, altitude, outside temperature (-63 F), ground 
speed, distance to destination in miles and kilometers. It is nice 
to know our tour members as we look around the cabin. In 
New York they were celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the 
United Nations. 

We are so thankful to have had such good weather, 
accommodations, and caring travelling companions. It was 
good to return to our own country, but how glad we were for 
the privilege to see the land of our ancestors who served God in 
their time and handed down the faith of the Lord Jesus to us. 
May we, too, pass on the priceless heritage we have received. 
--Leslie and Martha Cover 


The Indiana Congregation of the Old Brethren held an 
election on May 24, 1996. Chosen for the ministry were Joe 
Royer with his wife Elizabeth, and Daniel Beery with his wife 
Miriam. Elected to the office of deacon was Jonathan Martin 
with his wife Lisa. At the same meeting Tom Royer was 
ordained to the eldership with his wife Rebecca, and Neil 
Martin was advanced to the second degree of ministry with his 
wife Lois. May God bless the uiurch with the labors of these 
brethren and their companions. , — Melvin Coning 



God created man and woman with a strong desire within for 
intimate companionship with one another. This is God's design 
to bring fulfillment and pleasure to His creation, and to bring 
honor and glory to Him through the propagation of the human 
family. In wanting this to be kept in His honor, He sanctified it 
in purity and holiness, and gave explicit instructions as to how 
this was to come about and be kept. (Gen. 2:24 and Mark 10:6- 

Man failed to keep this as God ordained it. The evil of this 
grieved God in His heart. For this, God said, "I will destroy 
man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, 
and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it 
repenteth me that I have made them" (Gen. 6:7) 

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah was a 
just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with 
God. God communicated with Noah and told His plan to 
destroy the earth and all that had the breath of life, but God told 
Noah how to be saved. Noah's obedience saved him and his 
family. Every thing that had the breath of life drowned, except 
those that were in the ark. 

After this, man again multiplied in the earth and became 
wicked as before. God, again, intervened and established the 
law to teach and restrain fallen man. Immorality was often dealt 
with by penalty of death. The law was powerless to change the 
heart of man, and in time the authority of the law became 
powerless to restrain evil, and gross darkness again prevailed. 
It is claimed that when Christ came to earth, the morals of 
society were the lowest since the beginning of creation. 

Jesus knew all about this and began to teach and condemn 
sin in the flesh, declaring with authority, the righteousness of 
God: that this is His plan for all men to attain through faith in 


Christ. Also He taught that the unrepentant would be confined 
to hell with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the 
Lord and from the glory of His power. 

Through the influence of Christ's teaching, and by the power 
of the Holy Spirit, men and women became new creatures, and 
were able to overcome sin in the flesh. It is claimed that b$ the 
year 400 A.D., the morals of society were never higher since 
the fall of man. 

From then until today, man has again fallen into the depths 
of immorality, comparable to Noah's time, Sodom and 
Gomorrah, and the time of Christ, 

The written Word declares that God will intervene again, 
and put an end to sin forever in flaming fire taking vengeance 
on them that know not God and that obey not the gospel of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Biblical position of moral purity cannot change. Much 
of Christianity is struggling with this issue and becoming more 
and more involved in immorality, rather than being delivered 
from it (Rom. 1:24-32) 

Christianity that once influenced the world to better morals, 
is now involved in imrtiorality-by making provision for the flesh 
and claiming it in the context of Biblical acceptance- saying that 
the sin of sodomy is a personal choice and should not be 
contested by society. 

The laws of our country once forbad sodomy in public 
service, but now are protecting and making provision for it in 
society and public life. 

We are thankful for the faithful in Christ that are living and 
teaching the Biblical moral laws of God-that our posterity can 
have the privilege of finding companionship that honors God in 
purity and holiness. 

We believe that God will soon intervene. May we be found, 
as Noah, worthy of His notice. —Kenneth Martin 

Nappanee, Indiana 



"Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some Elias: and 
others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets." (Matt. 16:14) Who 
is Jesus to you? Is He your Saviour, or just a person who lived 
some 2,000 years ago? 

This spring we had a volunteer worker helping out in the 
greenhouse. I was talking with her one day, and she asked me a 
few questions about our religion. She strongly believed that 
Jesus is not the Messiah. She said they believe that Jesus lived, 
He was a person, and He was a carpenter. This woman was 
Jewish. I was stunned. How could anyone not believe in my 
Lord? Yet all over the world there are people to reach out to 
and tell about His wonderful love. How blest we are to grow 
up in Christian homes and learn the love of our Saviour at an 
early age! Often I have to think: where would I be without 
Jesus? How empty my life would be if I hadn't learned to know 
and love the One who died for my sins! In Matt. 16:16,17, in 
answer to Jesus question, "But whom say ye that I am?" Simon 
Peter said, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." 
And Jesus said, "Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and 
blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in 

Just think how bleak the future would be if He hadn't died in 
our place, if He wasn't there to turn to when we need a friend, if 
heaven wasn't waiting at the end of life's road. 

In John 8:23, Jesus was talking to the Jews, and He said, 
"Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I 
am not of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die 
in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in 
your sins." Then down in the 31st and 32nd verses, Jesus said 
to the Jews which believed on Him; "If ye continue in my word, 



then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, 
and the truth shall make you free." 

Yes, truly Jesus is the Son of God who brought from 
heaven a saving Gospel. Praise God that He is a merciful 
Father and cared enough for us to send His Son to die so that 
we could live. 

—Emily Brubaker 
Nappanee, Indiana 


YODER — A daughter, Kylie Jade, born June 7 to Greg and 
Kimberly Yoder of Goshen, Indiana. 

MARTIN — A daughter, Bridget Joelle, born June 8 to Neil and 
Lois Martin of New Paris, Indiana. 


The family of Ezra Hoover would like to thank all those 
who have helped in any way during Ezra's hospital stay. We 
have appreciated everyone's support and have received many 
blessings. May God bless you. 

Glen, Rachel, Lloyd, Noah, and Ezra Hoover 


Darrell and Mary Martin 

1725 Torrid Ave. 
Modesto CA. 95358 
(209) 578-4859 


It was at the supper table one evening that Mother was 
telling Daddy the news she'd heard that day. "Aunt Mary called 
and said Harry Harris has a serious kind of cancer. There is no 
cure for it. The doctor said he has only a few months to live." 

"Let's see, how old would Harry be?" asked Daddy. "He's 
in his seventies, isn't he?" 

"Yes, I think around seventy-five," Mother responded. 

Just then a thin little voice piped up, "It's a good tiling to 
get cancer, isn't it?" This was five-year-old Joseph speaking. 

"Why do you say that?" wondered Daddy. 

"Because he gets to go to heaven before the rest of us," was 
Joseph's reply. 

After a moment of thought, Daddy said, "That's a good way 
to look at it, Joseph. When we're living for God, death should 
not be something to dread. Death does set us free from the 
pains and sorrows of this life, and we know that in heaven no 
one ever needs to cry or be unhappy, or have any hurts." 

"But should we want to get cancer?" asked big brother 
Matthew, wide-eyed. 

"No, we probably should not be wanting or hoping to get 
cancer," Daddy explained. "But if that is what God allows to 
come to us, we should accept it as being God's will for us. 
Joseph has shown us the bright side of the matter, and that's the 
side we should concentrate on." 

"And Harry's family and friends need to remember that, too, 
and it will help them through their sad times after he is gone." 
added Mother. -Linda Frick, Gettysburg, Ohio 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fle shly lusts, which war against the soul" I Peter 2: 1 1 


This is my Father's world, 

And to my listening ears, 

All nature sings, and round me rings 

The music of the spheres. 

This is my Father's world, 

I rest me in the thought 

Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas- 

His hand the wonders wrought 

This is my Father's world, 

The birds their carols raise, 

Hie morning light, the lily white, 

Declare their Maker's praise. 

This is my Father's world, 

He shines in all that's fair; 

In the rustling grass I hear Him pass, 

He speaks to me everywhere. 

This is my Father's world, 
O let me ne'er forget 

That though the wrong seems oft so strong, 
God is the Ruler yet. 
This is my Father's world, 
The battle is not done, 
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, 
And earth and heaven be one. 
— Maltbie D. Babcock 

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Jesus* disciples asked Him this question. To answer, He 
called a little child unto Him and set him in the midst of them. 
Jesus then said, "Verily, I say unto you, Except ye be 
converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into 
the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shaD humble 
himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of 
heaven ." How much we can learn from a child! The obituary in 
this issue tells of a child whose tune on earth was very brief. 
But her life in glory will not be brief but eternal. At the 
cemetery service one brother remarked, "Her time on earth was 
so short, but look how many people came together as a result.' 1 
(The crowd numbered about 300) Coming together to worship 
is positive, profitable, and encouraging to all concerned. Other 
lessons we can receive from a child are innocence, trust, 
forgiveness, and a total absence of deceit. Truly a little child is 
an example of greatness. —L.C. 


Is it possible to "earnestly contend for the faith" and not be 
"contentious?" Perhaps it is not possible in the strict meaning 
of our English words because contend means "to compete" or 
"to strive in opposition or rivalry." But in the original words 
there is a difference. The word translated "contend" in Jude 3 
means "to struggle for." The word translated "contentious" in I 
Corinthians 11:16 means "fond of strife." 


Tlius the meaning in both passages is clear. We are to 
earnestly struggle for the faith which was once delivered unto 
the saints. When we read on in Jude we can see the struggle the 
writer was referring to. Certain men had "crept in unawares, 
who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, 
ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, 
and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." 
The meaning seems clear about denying the Lord. But how 
does one "turn the grace of our Lord into lasciviousness" 
(licentiousness, lust)? Paul writes, "Shall we continue in sin, 
that grace may abound?" Possibly we could distort God's grace 
simply by being careless and lustful and expecting God to 
overlook it. At any rate we can see by reading Jude that there 
is a struggle, and we are not to shrink fioin it but to do battle, 
pulling others "out of the fire," and trusting God who "is able to 
keep (us) from falling." 

For the other term "contentious" we have the context of I 
Corinthians 11. Paul writes of the headship of God over Christ, 
of Christ over every man, and of the man ov er the woman. We 
call this God's order, and it is symbolized hi the woman by a 
covering during prayer or prophesying, and by the uncovered 
head of man. Similarly a woman's long hair is a glory to her, 
but for a man to have long hair is a shame to him. According to 
Paul's teaching this is the testimony of nature: "Doth not even 
nature itself teach you...?" The long hair of a woman is given 
by nature for a covering but obviously not the covering for 
prayer according to verses 5 and 6. 

Paul recognizes that it would be possible to be contentious 
(fond of strife) about this, so he assures his readers in verse 16 
that the churches have no such custom to enjoy strife. 

We do not need to be contentious to calmly stand for the 
Word of God. It is our lamp and light, and by it we will be 
judged at the last day. Let us earnestly contend (struggle) for 
the faith but not be contentious— enjoying a quarrel. --L.C 



Most readers of these lines will live in a home where wires 
reach from the house to a pole at the roadside. There they 
connect to wires that stretch out of sight. 

If we observe these wires, we cannot discern any action 
there, but we know they carry a great amount of power into our 

This power performs many useful services for us. It helps 
keep our homes warra It also produces much light to brighten 
our lives. 

If a fuse is blown, or the switch is thrown, the power is 
interrupted. Then we no longer have the benefits, The lights 
go out, and soon our home grows cold. 

When this happens, we become concerned that the 
connection be restored. We check the switches and fuses. If 
necessary, we call the power company to get the problem 

In the spiritual realm, when we yield our wills to God, and 
commit our lives to Him in sincerity, we become connected to 
this heavenly power. It enriches our lives in innumerable ways. 
It will bless us with the warmth of Christian fellowship. It will 
light our lives with the light of His precious promises. 

We cannot see this power any more than we see the power 
flow through the wires. We can see the results of it working in 
each other's lives. We can feel it working in our lives, changing 
us in many ways. 

If we become disobedient to the truth we know, or to truth 
brought to our attention by God's Word or the Spirit, we throw 
the switch. His power is interrupted, and we lose the benefits. 
The light of His promises fades, and our fellowship soon grows 


If this power has not worked in our lives, or if it has but is 
not now, the remedy is at hand. God has placed the switch 
within our reach 

If we repent, and yield to His Spirit's guidance, and do our 
best to live all known truth, the power will flow into our lives, 
It will reveal even more of His truths to us, His promises will 
grow brighter, day by day, until they lead us into the very 
presence of the Source of this heavenly power. 

-James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 


The value of unity is obvious. "Behold, how good and how 
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together hi unity !" (Ps. 
133:1) We have witnessed brethren ,f Endeavoring to keep the 
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Eph. 4:3) This is the 
very essence of the word "brethren." It sometimes takes much 
work and effort in prayer and fasting. Brethren history reveals 
many failures. 

Why does it require so much effort? Is there not one body, 
one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God 
and Father of alH (Eph. 4:4-6). Why are there so many bodies, 
spirits, hopes, faiths, and baptisms? To go into that would be 
beyond the scope of this writing (and writer), but I bring this 
out so that we can see the value of diversity and yet see clearly 
and without question where our unity must be. 

"So that you come short in no gift" This was the apostle 
Paul's concern for the Corinthians. God's desire is that we 
possess the fullness of Christ, that we possess the Ml benefits 
of the gift of grace. Then, and only then, will we be able (fully 
equipped) to receive the gifts of the Spirit. In 


addition, it is only then that we can truly be "eagerly waiting 
for the revelation of oar Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Cor. 1:7b 
NKJV) Then, lastly, this is the only way we can be "blameless." 
(v. 8) 

"But unto every one of us is given grace according to the 
measure of the gift of Christ." (Eph. 4:7) The ultimate "gift" of 
Christ is the Holy Spirit, but with the Spirit He gives diverse 
gifts accompanied with "grace" according to the amount of the 
gift given. I'm sure that the more we apply ourselves to His gift 
to us, the greater ability He gives us. Paul mentions a few here: 
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers* (v. 11) 

Now , why does He give us these diverse gifts? "For the 
perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the 
edifying of the body of Christ." (Eph. 4: 12) We tend to look at 
the diversity and be annoyed or offended by it. But actually, 
Christ intended His body of believers to be diverse, but diverse 
in unity, "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 
And there are differences of administrations (ministries), but the 
same Lord. And there are diversities of operations (energies, 
inworking ), but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to 
profit withal" (1 Cor. 12:4-7) How is the Spirit manifested? 
By "the word of wisdom... the word of knowledge," (v. 8) 
"faith... gifts of healing," (v,9) "working of miracles... 
prophecy... discerning of spirits... divers kinds of tongues... 
interpretation of tongues, " (v. 10) "But all these worketh that 
one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as 

These Corinthian brethren were being boastful about their 
gifts, probably holding some in higher esteem than others, 
Therefore, there were factions and schisms in the Corinthian 
body causing discord and contention. Paul is showing them that 
they are all on the same level; that despite their differences, they 

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bidding his case for Chapte^l 3^ ^,,, _ e stre ^ lhat ne ^? , 
u^ is indicated that the Comthians were uphofdihg speaking 
iii tongues as the best gift, or ttte ultimate ^ift. (See 1 Cor. 13:1: 
&nd chap. 14) Therefore, the order that Paul lists these jdfis is 
probably significant, tongues being th^ Iast v " '^ 

IT" In chapter 13, Paul aitfbfl^\ie|^ flWgs ^^effim* ii^^roper 
order and perspective. Here, he ^ 
unity, the heart of Christianity, the identity^ 
13:35) In chapter 12 we saw the^dn^ersityTnow 14, 

we see the value of diversity in unity. He also devalues the gift 
of tongues and emphasizes the gift of prophecy; prophecy, not 
in the sense of fore-telling events, but in the sense of 
expounding, preaching, and teaching. ( W. E. Vine) " ...When 
ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a 
doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an 
interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying," (1 Cor. 
14:26) Our goal when we assemble is for all to be edified. This 
is accomplished through the diversity of the gifts of brethren. 
In order to be edified, things must also be done "decently and in 
order." (v. 40,33,30) 

"Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other 
judge." (v. 29) This also speaks of diversity; there are diverse 
ways to say the same thing; there are diverse approaches to the 
same subject; there are subjects that are stressed that need to 
be balanced with another subject. 

We see diversity in the twelve disciples that Jesus chose, all 
from diverse backgrounds and with diverse talents, gifts, and 
personalities. The common cause of Christ kept them together. 
Then close relationship and commitment to their Master made 
them great and useful men for the building (edifying) of the 
Church. One of them betrayed Christ, but God used this to 
further the Kingdom. Without the 


betrayal and death, we wouldn't have the resurrection, life, and 

In all this we see the necessity of humility. This is dealt with 
in Romans 12:3-8. We must regard ourselves as nothing, that 
only through Christ do we become something, but even that is 
not of ourselves, so how can we think of ourselves highly? 
Through the carnal ways of man! So let us be Ml of the Spirit, 
having our measure of faith, manifesting the Spirit, possessing 
our gift of grace. 

What, then, is the value of diversity? Back to 1 Cor. 12, 
we are told in v, 7 that "the manifestation of the Spirit is given 
to every man to profit withal." So diversity is for growth. 

Then, it is for the body. A body consists of many diverse 
parts, for diverse functions, all working in harmony for the life 
and health of the body. If all were the heart, where would the 
oxygen come from? If all were prophets, who would 
evangelize? The body cannot function to its optimum intention 
without all of its organisms. 

Finally, the value of diversity is for the perfecting of the 
saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body. 
(Eph. 4:12) 

Yes, unity is vitally important, but it is only part of the 
equation; diversity is the other part and is equally vital. 
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, immovable, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye 
know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (1 Cor. 

-Ron Cable 
Goshen, Indiana 

Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice 
to God, and a scourge to satan. — Bunyan 



KRISLYN HOPE WAGNER was bom July 1, 1996, at 
6:13 P.M. at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. While 
born with a heart beat, she never took a breath of this world's 
air, but went directly from the loving security of her mother to 
the care and keeping of our Heavenly Father, Surrounded by 
her family, we held her and wept and watched her go home 
without suffering. 

Krislyn is survived by her parents, Lloyd and Beth Wagner 
of Modesto, a brother Luke, and two sisters, Karin and Laurel; 
grandparents, Joseph and Letha Wagner of Modesto, and HolUs 
and Charlotte Flora of Greenville, Ohio; great-grandparents, 
Rudy and Esther Cover of Modesto and Pauline Flora of 
Greenville, Ohio; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and loving 
friends and neighbors. 

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all who have helped us 
through this difficult time: Our Father in Heaven Who has 
given us the Holy Spirit to comfort and guide; the Lord Jesus 
Christ, our gentle Shepherd and the Prince of Peace; God's 
people, our family, friends and loved ones for the many prayers 
offered on our behalf, for reaching out with compassion and 
tenderness, for the sacrifices you have made to help us, You 
have touched our lives in so many ways ... may God richly bless 
each one and keep us faithful to Him until Jesus comes to 
gather us all home! 

Graveside services were held July 6, 1996, at Wood Colony 
Cemetery by Joseph L. Cover and Leslie Cover with a large 
crowd attending. 

-The Family 

nsceci cv »v. 

, jT is rise? 

m ure pilc^im 


Isn t it strange 

That princes and kings, 

And clowns that caper 

In sawdust rings 

And common people 

Like you and me 

Are builders for eternity? 

Each is given a bag of tools, 

A shapeless mass, 

A book of rules; 

And each must make— 

Ere life is flown— 

A stumbling block 

Or a stepping stone. 

~ R. L. Sharpe 

Selected by Raymond Royer 


Christ is risen: 

The world below lies desolate. 
Christ is risen; 

The spirits of evil are fallen. 
Christ is risen: 

The angels of God are rejoicing. 
Christ is risen; 

The tombs of the dead are empty. 
Christ is risen indeed from the dead, 

The first of the sleepers. 
Glory and power are His Forever and ever. Amen. 
-Hippolytus of Rome Selected by Michael Harris 


I prayed for fellowship with God, 
And asked Him for more love; 
I turned a neighbor from my door, 
Because of enmity I bore, 
No help came from above. 

I wondered why my prayer seemed not 
To reach Heaven's throne, 
And why no answer came to me, 
And why I lived in misery, 
And why I seemed alone. 

I found the reason when I sought 
Forgiveness from a friend; 
When I no longer held my spite, 
My soul was filled with God's true light, 
And darkness had an end. 

I found that fellowship with God 
Meant fellowship with man, 
That hatred of a neighbor meant 
That needless time was spent. 
In praying for God's plan. 

-Lynn Russell 

Selected by Martha Cover 

BROWN -- A daughter, Charity Faith, bom June 22, to Mark 
and Betsy Brown of Sonora, California. 

CORRECTIONS- Kylie Yoder was born June 4 

Bridget Martin was born June 5. 

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Theology is an interpretation or a view point of the 
Scriptures. This is a very important aspect of the Christian 
community, as it reveals and maintains God's will on earth. 

For the church to attain to what Christ called it to be, can 
only be accomplished through sound Biblical theology, because 
this is what governs and motivates its members. 

When we accept and believe an interpretation of the 
Scriptures, then it becomes a companion to us, This, then, 
molds our thought life, and how we think is how we respond to 
life. How we think and how we act cannot be separated. The 
acts of a man is the fruit of the mind; therefore, what controls 
our minds controls our life. Satan, knowing this, has declared 
war on sound Biblical theology by elimination or false theology, 
the latter being the more effective. 

The early church was confronted with false doctrine- from 
claiming there is no resurrection to teaching that the 
resurrection is already past- which overthrew the faith of some. 
(II Tim 2:18) 

The New Testament accounts of false theology and its 
intent, were written for the benefit of the future church. This 
was a real concent for the apostles. They warned us of the fact 
that as much as there were false prophets among them, they 
would also be among us. (II Peter 2:1) Some of Jesus' last 
words were, "Take Heed that ye be not deceived, " and He told 
them how it would come about. (Luke 21:8) 

In the early fifteen hundreds, the church was corrupt, 
political , and powerful The Church and state together ruled 
with an iron hand. This came about because of false theology 
which ruled the minds of men. They were able to persecute 


with indescribable cruelty and take the lives of those that 
opposed them, claiming the blessings of God upon it. 

In this dark time for the church and many years of 
defenseless suffering and death, the faithful won their freedom, 
and the power of the apostate church fell. When this happened 
there were many that took upon themselves to define true 
Biblical theology. Some began to preach unconditional eternal 
security— that is to say— "once saved always saved.' 1 They 
taught that there is nothing we can do to lose our salvation. 

One of the teachers of this theology died in battle claiming 
that the sword in one hand and the Bible in the other is true 
Biblical theology. 

Our Anabaptist heritage also came out of this dark time, but 
they claimed a different theology. They believed in eternal 
security only on condition that we remain faithful even unto 
death. They proved this as they died, defenseless, in the hands 
of their opposers, with victory and forgiveness on their lips as 
the flames engulfed their bodies. 

This was called the radical side of the reformation. We 
believe this is true Biblical theology because of the fruit it is 
bearing in our day. 

We are thankful to be recipients of this theological heritage. 

—Kenneth Martin 


One evening Dad was an hour late getting home to supper 
because he had stopped at Neighbor Dean's to finish a small 
plumbing job he had started for them. After hands were 
washed, and hair combed, the boys sat down to the table with 

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Mother and Dad. All heads reverently bowed as the family 
thanked God for the good food and asked His blessing upon it. 

Dad opened the supper table conversation by telling the 
family that Neighbor Dean had given him $130 for his work 
there. " IVe been thinking that we should share this blessing 
with the Hills," he said. "You know Nick's been laid up with his 
sore leg for five weeks now, and they have had a lot of medical 

"But-but, Dad!" sputtered big brother Matthew, "What 
about our car? You said we'd get it fixed as soon as we got a 
hundred dollars to fix it with. Here's our hundred dollars! Just 
give Hills $30. H 

"I first thought we'd do that," Dad replied slowly. "But one 
of those verses we read in devotions this morning has stayed in 
my mind all day. The verse says 'The liberal soul shall be made 
fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself 1 * (Pro. 

As Dad paused for breath, Joseph inserted his five-year- 
old's wisdom into the conversation, "If we're selfish, God won't 
bless us, will He?" 

Dad thoughtfully answered, "It is often true that those who 
give unselfishly to ones who are in deeper need than themselves 
are then blessed in big ways. But others who spend their money 
only on themselves never do prosper. Worse than not 
prospering money-wise, their spiritual life suffers. They become 
bitter, and they constantly become more self-centered; they are 
never content or satisfied. We want to be rich spiritually and 
live happy, contented lives, whether or not God chooses to 
bless us with more money. Can we all agree to cheerfully give 
the Hills the whole $130?" 

Mother and the boys nodded their heads "Yes" as Dad gave 
them ail a big smile. 

-Linda Frick 
Gettysburg, Ohio 




Advocate (I John 2:1) 

Beginning and the End (Rev. 21:6) 

Chief Shepherd (I Peter 5:4) 

Door of the Sheepfold (John 10:1) 

Emmanuel (Matt. 1:23) 

Firstborn from the Dead (Col 1: 18) 

Great High Priest (Heb 4: 14) 

Holy One (Acts 13:35) 

I Am (Ex 3:14) 

Jesus (Matt 1:1) 

King of Glory (Psalm 24:7) 

Lamb of God (John 1:29) 

Man of Sorrows (Is. 53:3) 

Nazarene (Matt 2:23) 

Only Wise God (I Tim 1:17) 

Prince of Peace (Is. 9:6) 

Quickening Spirit (I Cor. 15:45) 

Redeemer (Job 19:25) 

Son of David (Matt. 9:27) 

Truth (John 14:6) 

Unspeakable Gift (II Cor. 9:15) 

Victoiy (I John 5:4) 

Word of God (Rev. 19:13) 

Exalted to the Right Hand of the Father (Acts 5:31) 

Yahweh (LORD) (Gen, 4:26) 

Zion's Deliverer (Rom 11:26) 

-William Johnson 
Modesto, California 


"Let your light so shine before men." Matthew 5; 16 

Are you shining for Jesus, my brother? 
Shining so clear and so bright, 
That the souls that are perishing round you 
May be guided to Him by your light? 

Are you shining for Jesus, my brother? 
Shining in deed and in word; 
Is your life by its purity showing 
The likeness of Jesus your Lord? 

Are you shining for Jesus, my brother? 
Shining for truth and for right, 
Where bold unbelief and its minions 
Are posing as angels of light? 

Oh, shine out for Jesus, my brother! 
Shine where He needs you the most; 
And shine where the darkness hangs deepest 
Over the paths of the straying and lost. 

Shine only and always for Jesus; 
Then, when your toiling is over 
In mansions of glory eternal, 
You shall shine as the stars evermore. 

-L.M. Alexander Selected by Murray Brillinger from the 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul." I Peter 2: 1 1 


A pilgrim, a stranger, a travelling man 
Has set out for Heaven, God's Word for a plan; 
Has answered God's call to come shoulder Ms cross, 
Disdainng his life, counting this world but loss. 

This man is called Christian; his goal is the sky. 
He hopes to reach Heaven and rest by and by. 
Meanwhile he's a pilgrim, forsaking his sin 
And walking with Jesus, the Kingdom to win. 

A pilgrim's a traveller; he can't settle down; 
His place is in Heaven; God offers a crown. 
So onward he journeys, his eyes on the goal; 
He longs to see Jesus who ransomed His soul. 

Will you be a pilgrim? God calls from on high. 
This world will be burned; His own Word tells us why. 
Leave family, leave friends, if they will not go too. 
You cannot stay here; no excuses will do. 

So take up the staff; you are free; you must choose. 
God calls; you must answer; there's no time to lose. 
The door is still open; oh come, sinner, come. 
Find life and salvation with Jesus at home. 


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/ beseech you therefore as pilgrims and strangers, abstain 
from fleshly lusts which war against the soul —Peter 

A pilgrim is on a journey. He is not wandering aimlessly but 
has a goal-a destination. He is travelling. We do not see many 
pilgrims in our time because travel is so fast. If one cannot 
afford fast travel, he usually does not set out. And if he is 
forced to travel, he is usually called a refugee. The pioneers in 
the early days of the settlement of our country were pilgrims 
because they had left their homes to settle in another place. 

Christians are pilgrims in this sense. They have decided 
(believed God) that they have no permanent place in this world 
and have set out on a journey to a better place. This is a 
spiritual journey, but the fact of needing a better home is also 
physical, because not only is this world some day going to 
perish, but we are going to leave this physical scene whether we 
choose to or not. 

A pilgrim has another location in mind. The ones we call 
pilgrims who landed in New England in 1620, left their homes 
in Europe, braved the perils of crossing the Atlantic hi crude sail 
boats, and headed for the New World. Their future was 
unknown to them but their past was vividly real and they knew 
they must go. They set their hopes on the new land where they 
would be free from oppression. 

The Christian has a past he does not want to repeat. 
Although the future is unknown, he has promises from a faithful 
God which give him ample reason to know he will be brought 
safely through. Like pilgrims of the world, the Christian knows 
he cannot and will not return to the place he left. 


A pilgrim cannot settle in the land through which he is 
passing. It may seem attractive to stop along the way and rest 
short of the destination. But the goal is on ahead and he is 
encouraged by hopes of better things than he sees around him. 

A Christian cannot afford to settle here before he reaches 
his goal which is Heaven. In a sense, he is like the pilgrims of 
1620. They could not stop until the ocean was crossed. Also, 
for the Christian it is impossible to settle short of the goal. He 
cannot survive as a pilgrim (Christian) if he stops; there is no 
place for him on the way. 

A pilgrim is regulated by the rigors of the pilgrim life. 
These are principles and standards that keep his goal before him 
and encourage him on. The life of a pilgrim is always tempered 
by the fact that he is a traveller and a stranger to the place he is 
passing through. 

So is a Christian. He has standards that, if violated, show 
him up as something less than a pilgrim. He cannot leave the 
standard without forfeiting his status as a pilgrim. His journey 
and the conditions of it* make him what he is— a stranger to 

A pilgrim Christian is different from the people of the place 
through which he is passing. First, his language is different. He 
is identified as a stranger by the accent he puts on Ms words and 
by the very words he uses. His speech is tempered by kindness; 
it is not offensive, does not contain curses or oaths. He does 
not speak evil of others even of the natives of the place through 
which he travels who are hostile to hua 

He knows that "...if any man offend not in word, the same is 
a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." (James 
3:2) The Christian knows he needs help here, because only 
God can tame the tongue. 

Second, his appearance is different. His clothing does not 
conform to the world standard. He has a higher standard of 
modesty and plainness. He thinks like George Wolf declared 


many years ago as a Christian pioneer (pilgrim) in Illinois: 
"Why do I wear the Brethren garb? I answer. When in 1812, 1 
came to the church, the church did not come to me. I weighed 
well her doctrines, her rules and her order. I joined her 
communion because I loved her. I became one of her number. 
I turned away from the world. In fact, I withdrew from it. I 
reasoned that I did not love the world, but I loved the church. I 
will not be like the world I hate, but will be like the church I 

Third, the Pilgrim Christian is different in his customs and 
habits. He is seeking approval of Him who has called him. 
Jesus reminds all pilgrims: "How can ye believe, which receive 
honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh 
from God only?" Paid wrote to Timothy: "No man that 
warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he 
may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." 
Therefore the Christian pilgrim listens to a higher voice; he 
marches to a better beat and sings a better song. He does not 
go to the saloons, theaters, and entertainment that attract the 
worldly; he knows it will distract him from his highest calling: 
following Jesus. 

Last, the pilgrim tries to enlist others. He does his best to 
take along his family and as many of his friends as he can, for he 
is persuaded that the way is better; the end is better; and the 
King is the highest, noblest and most powerful, most loving. 
His effort is to testify of his faith and show his complete 
satisfaction in the service of his Lord. --L.C. 


"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have 
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his 
Son cleanseth us from all sin." We can see by this verse that 
only as we walk in the light can we have fellowship with God, 
and be cleansed from sin. Only in the light is there safety, 


cleansing, and salvation. What does it mean to walk in the 
light? "For whatsoever doth make manifest is light." Darkness 
covers and hides from view, light exposes and makes known. 
Those who love God and walk uprightly come to the light that 
their deeds may be made manifest. But those who love the 
wages of unrighteousness, and persist in sin hate the light for it 
would expose them. Why do you think the religious leaders of 
Jesus' day so hated Him? He exposed them for what they were. 
What is the effect of the light? What does in accomplish? It 
either brings remorse and repentance, or it draws one deeper 
into the darkness of sin. Love covers all sin, but how does it 
cover? By reproving the mifruitful works of darkness, by 
converting the sinner from the error of his way, so that a soul 
might be saved from hell, and a multitude of sins covered. 
Remember only as we walk in the light can we be cleansed from 
sin. And only those who are cleansed from sin can enter 
through the gates of Heaven. Can you imagine if your every 
thought and deed were openly known? They are! God knows 
all. O, that we might fear Him! We must live so that eveiy 
thought and deed brings glory to Jesus. And only as we lean on 
Him is this possible. Jesus is our wisdom, He is our 
righteousness, and our sanctifieation, and our redemption. 
Jesus doesn't cover in sin; He saves from sin by bringing Godly 
sorrow and true repentance, bringing about a most wonderful 
cleansing and true salvation. O what security, power, and 
blessing comes from walking in the light! The wicked flees 
when no man pursueth, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. 
What should the righteous fear? His conscience is clear; God is 
his strength and refuge. But the wicked are like the troubled 
sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up irdre and dirt. 
Someday He will return, and discern between the righteous and 
the wicked, and him that serveth God, and him that serveth Mm 
not. Then shall the rewards of walking in the light be fully 
known. —Kevin Garber, Twain Harte, California 



Paul, in writing to the Pkllippians in Phil 3:10 puts it this 
way, "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, 
and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable 
unto his death;" This means knowing the real Jesus Christ and 
the power that was shown to all the world as they went to the 
tomb of Jesus and found it empty. His resurrection 
accomplished many things that are anchors to the Christian 
faith, and I believe must be believed for a very specific reason in 
the life of believers which Paul states in the following verse: 
(Phil. 3:11) "If by any means I might attain unto the 
resurrection of the dead." Yes, the Christian's only hope and 
goal should be to know more of the power of Jesus as He rose 
from the dead and what it really means to us with our hope to 
attain a resurrection from the dead in that great day when Jesus 
returns to this earth with the resurrection shout. Our faith in 
Jesus would be as empty and void as all the other religions of 
the world if that tomb had still contained the body of Jesus. We 
have a living Saviour whereas all other religions are only 
following a dead leader. We will go to the Word of God to see 
a few main points of His resurrected power. First it... 


We read in Rom. 1:3 and 4 as Paul writes to the church at 
Rome, "Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was 
made of the seed of David according to the flesh; And declared 
to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of 
holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:" 

There was much doubt as to whether Jesus was who He 
said He was. They knew Him only as a common Jewish boy 
who grew up with His own earthly family, Joseph and Mary, 


His parents, and His younger brothers and sisters. They 
questioned among themselves on this. Matt. 13:55-58: "Is not 
this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his 
brethren, James, and loses, and Simon, and Judas? And his 
sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all 
these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said 
unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own 
country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty 
works there because of their unbelief" Yes, Jesus refused to 
perform many miracles because of the unbelief of the people as 
they doubted Him to be the Son of God. They wanted proof 
positive He was really the Son of God and asked Him to give a 
sign to prove Him to be who He claimed to be. And He gave 
the only sign there was. Matt. 12:38-40: "Then certain of the 
scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we 
would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto 
them, An evil and an adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; 
and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet 
Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the 
whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three 
nights in the heart of the earth." 

Yes, Jesus was dead and put in that tomb and sealed, with 
watchmen guarding to make sure He would be kept in that 
tomb. Jesus was dead for three days and three nights as He 
said, and when the time of three days and nights were 
completed, came out of the grave, proof positive He was really 
the Son of God. Any other teaching is false doctrine. Jesus 
declared Himself to be the Son of God. [Jesus said (Matt. 
16:21, 17:23, Luke 24:7) He would rise again the third day. 
Three days and three nights seems to be a Jewish expression 
meaning the same. Compare also Mark 8:31 and John 2:19- 
21 -LC] 

The next point of His resurrection power is that Jesus' 
resurrection brought man... 



Jesus accomplished victory over death and the power of the 
grave. When Jesus came out of that tomb, the powers of death 
were broken. We all have many loved ones that have died, and 
we placed them in a grave, then left the cemetery sorrowfully 
because of the loss and separation of their closeness and the 
sweet fellowship we had while they were alive and with us. It 
would be very sad indeed if we only had a dead saviour and 
Jesus, our Master, was still dead and in that tomb. But, not so, 
He is risen^Praise God! Paul says in I Cor. 15:20-23: "But 
now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of 
them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came 
also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even 
so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own 
order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at 
his coming." 

This means Christ is risen from the dead and become the 
first to rise from the sleep of death. Verse 23 then tells us they 
that have their hope and trust in Christ's resurrection power will 
come in a resurrection from the grave at Christ's coming. 

Verse 26 says: "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is 
death." Yes, death is an enemy to man. It takes away the life 
God gave, and it will be destroyed at Jesus' coming. 

Jesus said, "...I am the resurrection, and the life: he that 
believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:" (John 
11:25) Notice the meaning of Jesus' words. He says even 
though they that believe in Him are dead and in their grave, yet 
they will live again at the resurrection. We read in I Cor. 
15:51-54: "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all 
sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling 
of an eye, at the last tramp: for the trumpet shall sound, and 
the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be 
changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this 


mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall 
have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on 
immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is 
written, Death is swallowed up in victory. " 

Yes ? that great resurrection day will bring our loved ones 
back from the dead. The grave could not hold Jesus. Neither 
will it have the power to hold the true believers of His 
resurrection power. Had Jesus not come forth in a resurrection, 
all that had their faith and hope in Him would be bound forever 
to death and the grave. They would have perished. See verses 
17 and 18. "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye 
are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in 
Christ are perished." Then verses 55 and 57 give us the 
answer.: "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy 
victory?... But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory 
through our Lord Jesus Christ." 

Jesus' resurrection got victory over death and the grave. 
The mortality of man is now swallowed up of life by Jesus' 
mighty works, and we anxiously are awaiting the day of 
resurrection. See II Cor. 5:4: "For we that are in this 
tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be 
unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed 
up of life," (to be continued) -~AMn Wray, Pomona, Kansas 


God is in every tomorrow, 
Therefore I live for today, 
Certain of finding at sunrise 
Guidance and strength for the way. 
Power for each moment of weakness, 
Hope for each moment of pain, 
Comfort for every sorrow, 
Sunshine and joy after rain. —Selected 



AARON DANIEL SKILES, the third child of Daniel V. and 
Leah (Metzger) Skiles, was born June 20, 1900, in Clinton 
County, Indiana. 

He passed away on the morning of July 27, 1996, in the 
home of his daughter Pauline at 61466 County Road 9, Elkart, 
Indiana, at the age of 96 years, 1 month, and 7 days. 

As a young man he was baptized into the Old Brethren 
Church and remained faithful unto the end. 

On November 17, 1923, he was married to Elizabeth 
Caroline Ganger by S.W. Yost at the home of her parents near 
Goshen, Indiana. After they shared the joys and sorrows 
together for 70 years and 10 months, Elizabeth passed away on 
September 6, 1994. To this union were bom two sons and two 
daughters. Surviving are Harriet (Mrs. Chester Barton) of 
North Manchester, Indiana; Pauline and her companion Gerald 
Martin of Elkart, Indiana; Richard D. and companion Barbara 
of Modesto, California; and Roger L. and companion Mable of 
Wakarusa, Indiana. 

Also surviving are 15 grandchildren and 55 great- 
grandchildren, two brothers: Joe of Wakarusa, Indiana; John 
Ezra of Elkart, Indiana; two sisters: Lydia Eller and Alma (Mrs. 
Lloyd Rule) both of Rossville, Indiana. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his companion, 
one grandson Keith Daniel Barton, one great-grandson Kevin 
Martin, one son-in-law Chester Barton, three brothers Noah, 
Ora, and Marvin, and one sister Ida Brovont. 

After their marriage they spent two years in Clinton County, 
Indiana. In 1925, they moved to Elkart County, Indiana, where 
they spent their remaining years. 

In 1930, they were called to the office of deacon. 


After breaking his hip in August of 1994; and experiencing 
declining health he called for the anointing which gave him 
much comfort. At this time he gave up his home and spent his 
remaining years in the loving care of his children. 

Throughout his working life he was employed in farming 
and carpentry. 

Daddy left us with many good examples. He continually 
expressed his appreciation to his family for the loving care and 
concern shown him. Even though he had an extended illness, 
he remained active unto the end. He will be greatly missed by 
his family and friends but we feel our loss will be his eternal 

Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 
31, at the Yellow Creek Old German Baptist Church near 
Wakarusa, Indiana, by Joseph L. Cover and the home brethren. 

The body was laid to rest until the resurrection in the West 
Goshen Cemeteiy. —The Family 


A span of time, our life on earth: 
It ends at death, begins at birth. 
A helpless babe, life does begin; 
Oft' helpless too, toward the end. 

This brother has experienced this, 
And left it now to enter bliss, 
And difficult the lot of those, 
Providing care when need arose. 

But God in wisdom chose the way, 
The circumstances of each day, 
And though we may not understand, 
'Tis safe to leave it in God's hand. 

12 IHEJm^QRlM „ 

He knows what trials each should meet, 
To keep hiai safe at Jesus^feet, 
And as this brother lately said, 
"God knows just what yet lies ahead. 1 ' 

And when our eyes in death do close; 
And by God's power, from death weVe rose; 
We'll know just why these tilings must be 
To help us reach the victory. 

Praise God! this brother met the test 
And now has entered into rest. 
Let's wait in faith as he has done, 
And soon we'll find the victory won. 

—James Beery 


Bora into the darkness They seek for fulfillment 

Though innocent they are, From this world of sin, 

Not aware of His presence Not knowing the rain 

So lost and so far. They find themselves in. 

They think the world's wisdom Oh how can He save them 

Will show them what's right, Though innocent they are, 

But down they keep sinking, Not aware of His presence, 

Not finding the light. So lost.. .and so far... 

"Good and upright is the Lord; therefore will he teach 
sinners in the way." —Psalm 25:8 

—Catherine and Laura Beaupain 
Goshen, Indiana 



Men, retaliating against their Creator, chose to formulate 
gods of their own choosing. Much of Scripture is devoted to 
this subject. Over and over again the God that created heaven 
and earth proved Himself superior. The gods men made were 
as nothing; they were lifeless, powerless, and unable. 

God used different methods and ways to prove Himself. 
Through spokesmen, that were called prophets, He called a 
nation to be His people, and mightily used them in 
confrontation with false gods. He used earthquakes, wind, rain, 
fire, famine, and death. He used men of faith that were fearless 
before false gods. 

During this time of proving Himself, God was revealing, 
through the prophets, something that was coming in the future 
that would prove forever His eternal sovereignty. 

When this came to pass the physical earth paid homage to it: 
the earth quaked, graves were opened, many of the bodies of 
the saints which slept arose and came out of the graves after His 
resurrection and appeared unto many. This that the prophets 
were revealing and longing for had now come to pass. 

Christ's coming into the world, the manner in which He 
came, the life He lived, the death He died, and His resurrection, 
proved without question an eternal truth— that He is the only 
true God. All who believe this and have put their faith and trust 
in Him are now freed from idolatry. 

The name of Jesus has a powerful influence. To attach His 
name to theology that isn't true is creating a false Christ and is a 
form of idolatry. 

All that have put on Christ are wanting to live and die in the 
same spirit He did. To be able to do this we need to commit 
ourselves to Christ as He committed Himself to God: "not my 
will but thine." Our body, soul, and spirit is placed in His trust 


and care. The arm of flesh, physical defence, vengeance, 
retaliation, hatred, malice, unforgiveness, are not used any 
more. This is called nonresistance. Jesus lived and died with 
this spirit. 

The apostles understood this and proved it in life. Our 
Anabaptist forefathers also understood and proved it. This was 
one of the theological differences that separated them from all 
other movements during the reformation and still is a barrier 
between us and much of professed Christianity. 

In love we speak and reveal this truth—only wanting to 
prove the one and only true God. 

—Kenneth Martin 

Eastern Congregation 
Nathan Royer July 14, 1996 

Reuben Royer July 14, 1996 

Marlene HUty August 4, 1996 

Hannah Bowser August 4, 1996 

May they ever be true to the One who brought life and 
salvation to ail who will faithfully serve Him. 


CONING — A son, Jamin Christopher, born July 16, to Thad 
and Suzanne Coning of Goshen, Indiana. 

O how sweet and pleasant a thing it is to see brethren 
fervent and devout, well mannered and well disciplined. 
—From John Strickler's collection 



Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar were Aaron's sons. 
Nadab was the firstborn and so in line to be the High Priest. 
Moses had instructed Aaron and his sons thoroughly on the 
offering of sacrifices. There were many different offerings, and 
each was to be prepared in a specific way. On the eighth day, 
Moses called Aaron, his four sons, all the elders of Israel, and 
all of the congregation to the tabernacle. 

Aaron and his sons were consecrated to the priests* office by 
Moses. This was done before all the congregation of Israel. 
Moses dressed Aaron in the High Priest's robes and crown. 
Then the sons were dressed in special coats. Moses offered a 
bull and two rams as offerings to the Lord. Aaron and his sons 
were to stay in the tabernacle for seven days until the 
consecration process was finished. 

On the 8th day, Aaron, with his sons' help, sacrificed three 
offerings before all the people for their atonement. These were 
the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the peace offering. 
Then Moses and Aaron blessed the people. The glory of the 
Lord appeared there. A fire came out from before the Lord and 
burnt the sacrifice on the altar. This was no small event! All 
the people saw it, shouted, and fell on their faces. 

Then Nadab and Abihu took their censors and filled them 
with strange fire. The Lord had not told them to do this. 
Because of their disobedience, fire came out from the Lord and 
killed them both. Moses told Aaron, "This is that the Lord 
spoke, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, 
and before all the people I will be glorified." Aaron's cousins 
Mishael and Elzaphan carried the bodies still dressed in then 
priest's clothes out of the camp. Moses told Aaron and his two 
remaining sons not to mourn for his sons, lest they also be 
destroyed. The story of Nadab and Abihu is a solemn warning 
to not treat lightly God's instructions to us. —Sarah Cover 


The news of the day had already been shared, and the 
delicious spaghetti supper was rapidly disappearing from all the 
plates--all, that is, except Joseph's. Now, Joseph just does not 
like to eat. As usual, however, his mind was busier than his 
teeth. Soon, his small voice broke the stillness, "We can't live in 
our house forever! 1 ' 

Big brother Matthew was the first to respond. "Why not?" 
he asked. 

"We will go to heaven some day to live. Jesus will come in 
a bright cloud to get us. I can hardly wait to go!" was his 
lengthy reply. 

Quietly Mother said, "That's right, Joseph. It's good for us 
to remember that sometimes." 

Then Daddy added his thoughts, "I guess it's a good 
reminder to us, when we need to repair this house one place or 
another so often. We just had a new roof put on the house 
because the old one leaked. And now we need to replace the 
bathtub faucet because it won't turn all the way off anymore. 
Sometimes we get tired of always having something that needs 
to be fixed or replaced. But we can always remember that in 
heaven nothing will ever wear out or become broken." 

"Not even our bodies," added Mother, who had just been to 
the dentist that afternoon to have a couple decayed teeth taken 
care of Her mouth was still hurting. 

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Within the field, a treasure found, 
The searching man of old, 
The price was great, but gladly paid, 
As soon as it was told. 

It took his all, that man of old; 
He gladly paid the cost. 
The value there he recognized; 
For it, all else was lost. 

This treasure still is to be had, 
But still it takes our all. 
All else we must give up for Christ; 
If we would hear His call. 

We can not have our worldliness, 
And still this treasure own. 
Ambition, power, and fame must go. 
We must serve God alone. 

If we the value recognize, 
We'll gladly pay the cost. 
Without it, in eternity, 
We'O evermore be lost 

—James Beery 

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This is the dry fire season in the West. As I write I look out 
on a smoky scene. Smoke that bums the eyes and irritates the 
sensitive throats has hung over the Sierras now for weeks. The 
source is forest fires that seem nearly impossible to control. 
Most of the fiies began by lightning; during one dry lightning 
storm forty- seven fires were set. Some burned together making 
what they term a complex fire. The property loss, destroyed 
resources, and expense of fire fighting, figure in millions of 
dollars. (51 million on one fire to date.) 

As vast as this destruction seems, it is small beside the fires 
James writes of In 3:5 he says, "Behold, how great a matter a 
little fire kindleth. ,, He is not writing about forest fires but 
describing the tongue of man. He says the tongue is a fire, a 
world of iniquity, it defiles the whole body, it sets fire to the 
"course of nature" and it is set on fire of hell. Anyone who has 
witnessed the raging of a forest fire or large building can 
appreciate the picture James displays. Is it really so bad? Can 
our tongues do a similar amount of damage? One poem about 
things we cannot take back says: 

The spoken word so soon forgot 

By thee; but it has perished not. 

In other hearts 'tis living still, 

And doing work for good or ill. 
Does any ability given to us have so much potential for 
good or ill as the spoken (or written) word? When Jesus came 
He was called the Word. "In the beginning was the Word and 
the Word was with God and the Word was God... and the Word 
was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, 
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace 


and truth. That's Jesus! He told us that His words "are spirit 
and they are life." When we read His words of invitation, of 
comfort, of forgiveness and know that they are for us, we can 
feel some of this power of words 'Tor good." Jesus says His 
words will never pass away. That means His promises, 
comforts, and also warnings will be with us even in the last days 
and into eternity. 

Words of man-even our words-can also be a blessing to 
others. Paul writes in I Cor. 1:21: "For after that in the 
wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased 
God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." 
God uses man's words to apply salvation to His people. 

It is said that one of the vivid chapters of Isaiah or one of 
the beautiful Psalms has worked more comfort and blessing to 
mankind than all the vast writing of the worldly philosophers. I 
believe this is true. For when God directs the words, they are 
effective in filling the needs of men. 

But what about the fire? Words can bless, but can they also 
destroy? Jesus says, "By thy words thou shalt be justified and 
by thy words thou shalt be condemned." We can be harmed by 
our own careless words. Words can damage others. James 
says that man has tamed all kinds of beasts, "But the tongue can 
no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 
Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse 
we men, which are made after the similitude of God." 

One of the worst ways we can damage with our tongues is 
through gossip. Stories passed around that may not be true are 
used by Satan to destroy peace and undermine confidence. 
They can defame the character of others. Jester Hairston, a 
Negro musician, wrote a little song: 

Gossip, gossip, evil tiling 

Much unhappiness it bring 

If you can't say something nice 

Don't talk at all is my advice.(!) 


There is a difference between destructive and constructive 
criticism. It lies in the motive and spirit with which it is given. 
Often to say a few words reminding one another of faults or 
mistakes can effect real improvement if given in love. But 
words can burn and tear down and destroy if given without 
love. Proverbs 25:11: "A word fitly spoken is like apples of 
gold in pictures of silver." 

Our times have some things in common with our forest 
fires. Besides the damage fire (or the tongue) can do, the 
smoke that is produced is also figurative. We have found that 
smoke irritates physically and also discourages when it hangs in 
the air for long periods. Satan is expert at producing such 
clouds as the issues of abortion, child abuse, and immorality. 
He puts out the smoke screens of materialism, 
denominationalism. and misunderstandings of the rolls of church 
and state. These issues confuse and irritate. They cloud our 
vision, and make important things look dim. Only God's Word 
can dispel the errors of Satan's smoke screen. 

Will we be rescued from such confusion and destruction? 
Will we allow our tongues to be used to build and encourage? 
God can perform the miracle that makes us children of His 
through Jesus, and makes our words and very lives instruments 
of His peace. 


See the tongue, a little member 

Set on fire of hell; 
Boasting great and awful matters, 

Lies and tales to tell. 

So the tongue among our members 

Can't by us be tamed; 
God alone can quench the embers 

Of a tongue enflamed. 


Doth a fountain sweet and bitter 

At the same time yield? 
Does a fig tree give us olives? 

Is there such a field? 

Neither should our tongues give cursing 

As we bless our God. 
No, the tongue is made for blessing, 

Lest we feel His rod. 

Do you love the words of Jesus? 

Is there comfort here? 
So our tongues can be a blessing, 

Stilling doubt and fear. 


This letter deals with being led by the Holy Spirit walking in 
the light of the Word of God. As with all areas in the Christian 
life, there is a balance. So too, with walking by the Spirit. 
There are some in the body of Christ that allow very little, if 
any, leading of the Holy Spirit, discarding many areas of the 
Bible that disagree with their flesh. 

When people repent of their sins and receive Jesus into their 
hearts, then the Lord Jesus Christ says He will send the Holy 
Spirit. We see this clearly in Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto 
them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of 
Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the 
gift of the Holy Ghost." Our Lord Jesus Christ says in John 
16:7: "Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you 
that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not 
come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." 

There is of course, much sadness for those in the body of 
Christ that do not acknowledge and follow the Holy Spirit. 
Many of us have knowledge of churches that have become 
steeped in the traditions of men, forsaking the leading of the 
Holy Spirit. Instead of continuing with their shoulder to the 
plow, they have stopped to look back, finding contentment in a 
traditional and comfortable but dead church. No longer do they 
pray in the Spirit. No longer do they allow the Holy Spirit to 
lead them in the truth of God's Word, guiding them to a more 
mature walk with Christ. We must always be on guard not to 
become complacent, falling into the traditions of men, turning 
away from the leading of the Holy Spirit. 

Unfortunately, there are many in the body of Christ that 
claim to be led by the Holy Spirit, and yet rebel against much of 
the Word of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ says clearly in John 
16:13: "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will 
guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but 
whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew 
you things to come." This is a powerful statement our Lord 
makes. We can see clearly in this Scripture that the Holy Spirit 
will lead us in all truth. Someone might ask the question, 
"What is truth?" as Pilate did in John 18:38. Jesus answered 
this question in John 14:6: "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, 
the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by 
me." Jesus Christ is the Truth. Jesus Christ is the Word of 
God. John 1:1: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word 
was with God, and the Word was God." 

When people say that the Holy Spirit is leading them, they 
can go to the Word of God to verify, that is, if it is the Holy 
Spirit. If the Word of God is in agreement with the leading, 
then it is the Holy Spirit. But if the Word of God does not 
agree with the leading, then it is not the Holy Spirit. The Word 
of God clearly says in John 16:13 mentioned above, that the 
Holy Spirit will not speak of Himself but whatsoever he shall 


hear, that shall he speak. Again in I John 5:7 the Bible says, 
"For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the 
Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. 11 And in 
Amos 3:3, "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?" 
What these Scriptures show us is that the Holy Spirit will not 
lead the children of God in a contrary direction from the Word 
of God. The Holy Spirit leads us in the truth of God's Word, 
that we may have an understanding of the Scriptures, to 
faithfully follow our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. The Lord 
clearly says in Psalms 138:2: "I will worship toward thy holy 
temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy 
truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name." 
The Lord Jesus says again in Matthew 24:35: "Heaven and 
earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away." 

My heart breaks for so many in the body of Christ that walk 
apart from the Word of God, believing that the Holy Spirit has 
showed them that it is all right to do so. There are of course, 
many reasons why believers disobey God, and one of those is to 
claim that the Holy Spirit spoke to their heart and said it was 
okay. But no matter what reason a person gives for disobeying 
God, it all boils down to self. Let me give an example of this. I 
was talking with a person several years ago who told me she 
needed to be some place in a hurry. She went on to say that the 
Holy Spirit showed her where the State Troopers were on the 
highway. This she said allowed her to speed (break the law) 
until she came to where the State Troopers were, then she 
would slow down to the speed limit. This of course, was not 
the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our Heavenly Father can and has 
held time in place and moved time backwards for His children. 
Joshua 10:12-14 and II Kings20:9-ll shows this clearly. We 
must obey the laws of this government, unless they conflict with 
the Word of God. (Romans 13:1-7) 

There are of course, many areas where professing Christians 
say they are being led by the Holy Spirit. The Bible shows us 


clearly in I Samuel 15:23 what rebellion is. "For rebellion is as 
the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and 
idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the Word of the Lord, he 
hath also rejected thee from being king." And so too with many 
professing Christians that reject the Word of God, claiming to 
be led by the Spirit of God. Galations 6:7-8: "Be not deceived; 
God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he 
also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap 
corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit 
reap life everlasting." Sowing to the flesh is to be self-serving. 
Sowing to the Spirit is to walk in the Spirit according to the 
Word of God. 

I pray that all of us in the body of Christ would continually 
examine ourselves—that we may be good and faithful servants, 
no matter what the cost, unto our Lord and Saviour Jesus 
Christ. That we may walk according to the Word of God, being 
led by the Holy Spirit. Psalm 119:9: "Wherewithal shall a 
young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according 
to thy word. " -Brian Brannick 

Sacramento, California 

THE RESURRECTION POWER (Continued from last issue) 

Jesus Christ got victory over death and the grave, and only 
by His mighty power can we be justified, which brings us to the 
next important part of His resurrection. Jesus was crucified and 
shed His blood in payment for our sins, but He was— 


Paul, in writing to the church at Rome, speaks of the faith of 
Abraham. We all know the promise of the seed of Abraham to 
increase his offspring as the sand of the sea and the stars of 


heaven by number was through his son Isaac, yet God told 
Abraham one night to go and sacrifice his only son on the altar 
for a burnt offering. What was Abraham's response? Did he 
argue with God? Did he remind God of His promise? No, he 
saddled up very early the next morning and headed to the place 
where God told him to go. He doubted not the promise of 
God. Rom. 4:20-25 says this of Abraham: 

"He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; 
but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully 
persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. 
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness; . . . for 
us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that 
raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for 
our offences, and was raised again for our justification, " 

Notice: He was raised for our justification. If that tomb 
still held the Lord Jesus, we could never have been justified and 
would still be in our sins. 

I Cor. 15:17: "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is 
vain; ye are yet in your sim. " Yes, we would forever be in our 
sins if Christ had not been raised out of that grave. Our faith in 
Jesus would have been in vain. His death and shed blood would 
be worthless and in vain for our justification. 

See Hebrews 11:17-19 speaking of Abraham's faith. "By 
faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he 
that had received the promises offered up his only begotten 
son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall they seed be 
called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even 
from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. " 

Yes, I am sure Abraham was thinking God would have him 
slay Isaac on that altar and someday raise him up from the dead 
to increase his seed. He had his faith and hope m the 
resurrection. The question for us, do we have our faith and 
hope in Jesus' resurrection? Are we sure God will raise the 
dead? The answer is given in Acts 17. We read of Paul's— 



Paul says in Acts 17:31, God has "given assurance unto all 
men, in that he hath raised him (Jesus) from the dead " That 
empty tomb gave all men assurance of eternal life, assurance of 
a resurrection from the grave, assurance of Jesus as the Son of 
God, assurance we are justified by His death, shed blood and 
resurrection from the grave. All other religions had a dead 
leader. They have no assurance of anything their leader 
promised. They only have an empty faith. Jesus fulfilled His 
promises up to the time of His departing into heaven. Now His 
resurrection gives us assurance His promises are all true; 
assurance He is coming again; assurance He will someday 
return with a shout and raise the dead and change the living 
believers from mortal to immortal; assurance He will reign as 
King over all the earth and finally bring peace to this troubled 
world; assurance he had gotten victory over Satan. What does 
this assurance do for us? It gives all of us — 


Yes, the resurrection of Jesus Christ gives us all a lively 
hope. I Peter 1:3-5 says it like this: "Blessed be the God and 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his 
abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by 
the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an 
inheritance incorruptible, and undefded, and that fadeth not 
away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power 
of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the 
last time. " 

When Jesus was crucified and put in the tomb, His followers 
had lost hope. On the road to Emmaus His disciples walking 
along were very sad, and the risen Jesus walked with them, but 
they did not know Him. He asked them, "What manner of 


communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye 
walk, and are sad?" (Luke 24:17) Yes, they were sad indeed 
until they realized He had risen from the dead. Dear reader, 
study Luke 24:17-53. Notice especially verse 52: "And they 
worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: " 
We too that trust His resurrection power can have great joy and 
a lively hope in the power of Jesus' resurrection. 

It confirms Jesus the Son of God. 

It gives us victory over death and the grave. 

It gives us our justification. 

It gives us all assurance and peace within. 

It gives us all a lively hope. 

If that tomb had held Jesus Christ, we would have none of 
these spiritual blessings, but, praise God, He has risen. 

My prayer to all who read these lines is the same prayer of 
concern Paul had for the believers at Ephesus, recorded in Eph. 
1:15-20: "Wherefore I also, after J heard of your faith in the 
Lord Jesus, and the love unto all the saints, Cease not to give 
thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the 
God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, .may give 
unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge 
of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; 
that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the 
riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, Atid what is 
the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, 
according to the working of his mighty power, Which he 
wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set 
him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, " 

Oh, what mighty power! May we believe and trust in His 
power to raise the dead from the grave at His coming—looking 
for His return, and that great day-to be united again with our 
loved ones that have died and are in their graves. Jesus said, 7 
am the resurrection and the life, " Truly He is. 

— AlvinWray, Pomona, Kansas 



The nation in which we live is trying to eliminate the Holy 
Scriptures and its content from all civil and governmental 
agencies. This is alarming to much of professed Christianity, 
and they are physically involved in hindering this and are 
wanting to become part of its authority. 

The question is-is this God's will and plan for His church? 
Is this the theology Jesus taught? The Scriptures reveal that 
there are two kingdoms in the world, that God is the author of 
both, and that He has a special purpose for both. The earthly 
kingdom is to govern and control lawless society by law and 
authority for the duration of the earth's existence. The other is 
to reveal God's love through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, 
and is the only source of a better world and is an everlasting 

When Jesus was born, the governing powers became 
alarmed and fearful and even tried to destroy Him but were 
unable to do it. They felt He was a threat to them. 

When Jesus began to reveal His mission in the world by 
miracles, signs, and wonders, there were efforts made to make 
Him an earthly king. He refused this and made it clear in His 
life and ministry that this was not what He came to earth for. 
There is no indication that He interfered hi the affairs of the 
earthly powers but was subject to them. Even when His 
disciples retaliated with intent to kill, He rebuked them for it, 
although ultimately He will put an end to earthly powers. 

We are thankful for the nation we live in and its 
government. We believe it is one of the best in the world. A 
good government blesses the natural aspect of life, but it is 
powerless to aid man in becoming righteous before God, 
because God has not called an earthly kingdom to reveal His 


When Christ established His church He assured it that the 
gates of hell would not prevail against it. This is not a promise 
based on good government. If this were so, there would be no 
church today. We believe the early church, and our anabaptist 
forefathers were subject to earthly powers, and the theology of 
Christ taught this. They resisted them in the spirit, in the 
matters that would violate the commands of God. 

His church is alive today and will be till He corues again— 
not because of the earthly environment of good governing 
powers and efforts to make a better society through this, but 
because men and women have put their faith and trust in the 
saving power of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. All other 
efforts are failing the test. 

—Kenneth Martin 


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(219) 831-2233 (219) 862-4503 


We, the members of the Eastern District of the Old Brethren 
have appointed September 21 and 22, the Lord willing, for our 
Lovefeast at our meeting house near Wakarusa, Indiana, and 
October 5 and 6, for our Lovefeast in the meeting house near 
Bradford, Ohio. We extend a hearty welcome to all our 
members and friends to attend these meetings. 

—Melvin Coning 


In those days, there were judges in my land. Many people 
were hungry, and it was a great famine so that we decided to 
look for a different place to live. My husband's name was 
Elimelech, and we also had two boys. Their names were 
Mahlon and Chilion. We were called Ephrathites from 
Bethlehem-judah. And so we came to Moab and settled in. It 
was here that my husband died. But I had Mahlon and Chilion 
who were a great comfort to me during this time. Soon my two 
boys were married. These girls were both from Moab. The 
one's name was Orpah and the other was Ruth. Something 
happened to both of my sons and they died. I was very sad; and 
together Orpah, Ruth, and I decided to return to the land of 
Judah. On our way I thought much about all that had happened 
recently. I talked to my daughter-in-laws and encouraged them 
both that they should go back to their land— to their people, 
their gods. I kissed them both and they wept. How sad it was 
to think we had all lost our husbands, now, and they were so 
young yet. Surely the Lord would yet bless them with good 
homes and families. 

"Even if I did have more sons, would you wait till they are 
men?" I asked in tears. "No, you must go." Orpah kissed me, 
and wept and started home. But Ruth begged me to let her 
come and said: "...for whither thou goest, I will go; and where 
thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and 
thy God, my God... the Lord do so to me and more also, if 
ought but death part thee and me." Then I knew she was 
serious and so we journeyed to Bethlehem But when we came 
there, everyone started gossiping about us. And they even 
asked me: "Is this Naomi?" (meaning pleasant). And I said, 
"Call me not Naomi, call me Mara (bitter) for the Almighty hath 
dealt very bitterly with me. I went out full, and the Lord hath 
testified against me, and the Almighty hath afflicted me." 


And so we settled there, and barley harvest was just 
starting. It was here through some time, the Lord blessed us 
very well, and Ruth met Boaz, and they were married. Their 
son's name was Obed, who gave me much joy in my old age. 
Little did I know this boy was in the line of the faithful, carried 
down to the Saviour born centuries later. In Him we will have 

— Rhoda Cover 


We would like to thank all who made my 80th birthday so 
special and happy by your letters, cards, and phone calls, as well 
as many kind words and good wishes expressed personally. 
May God richly bless you all. In Christian love, 

Marvin Crawmer 


My hand is large and his is small, 
And there is nothing on earth at all 
More important than the task 
That lies ahead of me. I ask 
For wisdom, Lord, that I may lead 
This child aright; his every need 
Depends on me. Be Thou my Guide 
That I, in walking by his side, 
May choose the right paths for his feet. 
The days are swift, the years are fleet, 
Make me alert in deed and word 
As we go forward, blessed Lord; 
His precious clinging hand in mine, 
With always, Lord, my hand in Thine. 
-Grace Noll Crowell 
Selected by Everett Oyler 

lfi THE P ILG R I M 


Children like puppies. They are so quiet and playful. In 
many ways they remind me of children. Across the road a 
mother dog has five puppies. When they were small they stayed 
in the barn. As they got older they would follow their mother. 
They would run and play in the yard. Anything the mother 
would do, the puppies would also do. If Mother would play, 
the pups would also play. When cars went by, Mother would 
stand and bark, so the pups would bark. Most of the time the 
mother would chase cars. Yes, the little ones would also chase 
the cars. What happens when puppies chase cars? They get hit 
and killed. Because their mother had a bad habit, her little ones 
suffered grief and pain. 

When Jesus was twelve years old His parents couldn't find 
Him. Finally they found Him asking and answering questions 
with the older men. His mother told Him they had been looking 
for Him sorrowing. Jesus said, "Didn't you know I must be 
about my Father's business?" 

This doesn't mean you must do the same kind of work your 
daddy does. Your parents' main business is to follow Jesus. 
Therefore they will take the best care of their little ones. 

Thank Jesus that your parents don't chase after the things of 
this world. -Everett Oyler 

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Tuolumne, Calif. 95379 


VOL. 43 OCTOBER. 1996 No, 1Q 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" I Peter 2: 1 1 


One little hour for watching with the Master, 
Eternal years to walk with Him in white; 
One little hour to bravely meet disaster, 
Eternal years to walk with Him in light. 

One little hour to suffer scorn and losses, 
Eternal years beyond earths cruel frowns; 
One little hour to carry heavy crosses, 
Eternal years to wear unfading crowns. 

One little hour for weary toils and trials, 
Eternal years for calm and peaceful rest; 
One little hour for patient self-denials, 
Eternal years of life where life is blest. 

Then, souls, be brave and watch until the morrow; 
Awake, arise, your lamps of purpose trim; 
Your Saviour speaks across the night of sorrow; 
Can ye not watch one Utile hour with Him? 

-Selected from Evangel Herald 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the Old Brethren 
Church. Subscription rate $5.00 per year. Sample copies sent tree on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address: THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd., Tuolumne, CA. 95379 


Four kinds of sentences make up our language. The most 
common, the declarative sentence, simply makes a statement. 
The interrogative sentence is one that asks a question. An 
exclamatory sentence shows sudden or strong feeling. The 
fourth is an imperative sentence. This one gives a command or 
makes a request, This kind of sentence can be formed by one 
word, for instance: "Go" or "Come." The subject of an 
imperative sentence is always "you," ("thou" or "ye" in King 
James English) not usually expressed but understood. And so 
the sentence "Go" means, "You go." 

Jesus used the imperative sentence when He said, "Come 
unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden..." This is a 
most welcome command and invitation. Imperative sentences, 
since they are addressed to someone nearby, can be used in a 
pleasing way as Jesus used His invitation, or they can be used 
unkindly, as a harsh command. We need to be careful how we 
use the imperative sentence. Let us remember that Jesus, 
besides being our Savior, is our Example. 

Commands without authority are useless. Jesus has all 
authority. He proclaimed after His resurrection, "All power is 
given me in heaven and in earth." With that statement He gave 
a command: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 
commanded you: and, lo, I am, with you alway, even unto the 
end of the world." This command could and probably would 
have been disregarded if it had been spoken by someone of less 
authority. But Jesus, with all power, could command and also 
give the means of carrying out the command. 


Commands should be given kindly even if we have 
authority. Examples are parents instructing their children, 
teachers and students, managers on the job, and even authorities 
in the state or in the church. Jesus said, "For God sent not his 
Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world 
through him might be saved." His manner harmonized with this 

Jesus was stern with those who needed it. He commanded 
the money changers in the temple: "Take these things hence; 
make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." He said 
this as He drove them out. We could use this manner only with 
the complete knowledge of a situation and the authority to 
correct it. 

Jesus communicated blessing with a command. To the 
impotent man (John 5) He said, "Rise, take up thy bed, and 
walk." We follow Jesus 1 example when we make helpful offers: 
"Take my car." "Come and borrow the tools you need." "Let 
me help you up the stairs." "Come home with us for dinner." 

Notice a number of Jesus' commands and see how 
masterfully He spoke in every case: "Receive ye the Holy 
Ghost." (John 20:22) "Woman, behold thy son!" "Behold thy 
mother." (John 19:26,27) "Go and shew John again those 
things which ye do hear and see." (Matthew 11:4) "Get thee 
behind me, Satan..." (Matthew 16:23) "Take heed that ye 
despise not one of these little ones..." (Matthew 18:10) "...Go 
and sell that thou hast and give to the poor..." (Matthew 19:21) 
"Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and 
unto God the things that be God's." (Luke 20:25) "Maid, 
arise." (Luke 8:54) "Peace, be still." (Mark 4:39) 

Be careful how you command. Sometimes it is more 
effective to ask or make a request. We all like to be obeyed, 
but more important is to be kind and show that we have the 
mind of Christ. 



"Go" and "Come" we say with ease 
When talking with our friends. 
But we would better add the "Please," 
And spend more time down on our knees, 
If we desire good ends. 

To give commands and order men folks 
In what they ought to do 
Makes us responsible and then 
Demands that we with kindness tend 
And shows our manner, too. 

To follow Christ, to be like Him 
Is our desire and aim, 
So let us heed the way He taught 
And follow Him the way we ought 
And act the way we claim 

Jesus 1 commands were kind and good; 
He knew just what to say; 
And if we study as we should 
And show our kindness as He would 
Well live just as we pray. 

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life 
comes from being happy over the good fortunes of others. 
-From the collection of John Strickler 



The practise of foot washing should be a meaningful symbol 
of Christian brotherhood. This brotherhood concept is based 
upon our redemption in Christ and not merely upon the idea of 
an equality through preation. In Christ we are brought into a 
new and meaningful relationship with one another. Redemption 
places upon us obligation to one another. This obligation was 
impressed upon the disciples by our Lord as He took the towel 
and basin to wash their feet. 

In stooping to wash their feet, Jesus demonstrated His love 
for the disciples. The account of the foot washing, recorded in 
John 13, is preceded by two significant statements. The first 
says of Jesus, "Having loved his own which were in the world, 
he loved them unto the end. 1 ' The second statement says, 
fl Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his 
hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God; He 
riseth from supper..." 

In washing the disciples' feet, Jesus not only demonstrated 
His love for them and His readiness to give Himself for them, 
but He impressed upon them their obligation to one another. 
He who emptied Himself in order to take the place of a servant 
was demonstrating the way of life in His kingdom. His 
followers, too, must take the servant role, and they must 
exercise this in their relationships with one another. 

Water symbolizes cleansing throughout the Scriptures. This 
symbolism is also present here in John 13. 

In Jesus' reply to Peter's offer to have, also, his hands and 
head washed, He indicated what this act of washing their feet 
symbolizes. He needed only the washing in part. It required 
only the washing of that which had been soiled through contact 
with the world. Believers in Christ have been washed from 
their sins. Their day-to-day contacts with the world cause areas 


of their lives to become contaminated with sin. In these areas 
of their lives they need His cleansing, Christ's example of 
servitude, and His willingness to give Himself for the cleansing 
of all who will believe on Him, places His followers under 
obligation to one another. Since He was willing to take the 
place of a servant in order to help His disciples experience 
cleansing from their defilements, we who are His are obligated 
to do so unto one another. 

The question we face is not simply whether or not Jesus 
meant for this to be observed as a literal religious ceremony, but 
what does it really mean when we do observe it? There is no 
magical power in the ceremony itself. Ceremonies can be very 
empty and meaningless in themselves. 

The implication of the question which confronts us is 
whether or not we are practising real Christian brotherhood. 
Do we really have a concern and love for one another? Is this 
love and concern sufficient to motivate us to sacrificial acts of 
service to one another? Are we ready to accept responsibility 
for our brother's total welfare? Do we love an erring brother 
enough to identify with him as a brother and get under the 
burden to help him find cleansing from his sin through Christ? 
The question challenges our willingness to share deeply and 
meaningfully with one another in the process of cleansing and 

The foot-washing service speaks to us of this relationship 
and of its obligations. My participation in such a ceremony 
testifies to my willingness to continue assuming this obligation 
to my brethren, and to my readiness to be served by the 
brotherhood. Let us make the ceremony of foot washing a true 
symbol of Christian brotherhood and a constant reminder of 
what is involved in our being members one of another. 
-Howard J. Zehr 
from Gospel Herald October 5, 1965 



There are two classes of religious people. One who says 
they know God, but their lives, thoughts, ambitions, dreams, 
and goals are of this world. In works they deny Him. They 
serve "another Jesus 11 who puts no demands on their lives. 
They shrink from the cross; their lives are self-centered. 

There is another class, those who have given up all for 
Jesus, that are in the world but not of it. Their lives, thoughts, 
and conversation are in heaven. They don't feel at home here, 
nor do they care to stay. They have tasted of the life eternal, 
and in so doing will never thirst again or look for meaning 
elsewhere. They have found in Jesus that pearl of great price. 
They despise anything that detracts from His glory, or leads 
from His presence. They are strangers and pilgrims in a foreign 
land. The kingdom they are part of will one day fill the whole 
earth. The Ring of that kingdom will reign forever. 

-Kevin Garber 
Twain Harte, California 


"Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the 
heavens." (Lamentations 3:41) 

Men of Jeremiah f s day often prayed while standing, with 
hands raised heavenward. Sensing possible hypocrisy in the 
mere outward gesture, the prophet pleads for lifting of the heart 
to God, as well. So prayed Elijah (James 5:17) "earnestly," or 
literally, "praying in his prayer." 

With all of our natural inclination toward unbelief and all 
our natural disinclination toward ruthless self-denial, who 
among us does not need to "rend (our) heart and not (our) 
garments m& turn unto the Lord"? (Joel 2: 13) 


We piously sing, "O Lord, send a revival, and let it begin in 
me" as if we were quite ready in ourselves for anything God 
might choose to do! But our Sovereign Lord waits instead for 
our compliance with His clearly stated terms of "humbling ... 
praying ... seeking ... turning. 11 (II Chron. 7:14) How quickly 
we forget or ignore His own declaration in Isaiah 57:15; 

"For thus saith the high and lofty One that bihabiteth 
eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, 
with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive 
the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite 
ones." -Selected 


1. Do not allow a child to beg, pout, argue, talk back, or 
show off, or feel advanced for his age. 

2. Never let a child feel mistreated. Teach him, "This is a 
part of life," rather than letting him pity himself Teach him 
how to have the right spirit toward the one who mistreats him. 

3. Do not reason, argue, or dispute with the child. When 
you say something, stick to it. He should promptly obey 
without a reason why. Teaching "why" is good, but should not 
be brought up by the child at the time a command is given. 

4. Children should not usually correct adults. If there is 
room for correction, it should be done in a meek, questioning 
way— not in a way of setting the elder in order. 

5. It is not the children's business to train each other. That 
belongs to the parents and to whomever they delegate to do 
that business, such as teachers or older brothers and sisters in 
their absence. 

6. Rude interruptions should not be allowed. The child is 
actually saying, "What I am doing is more important." That is 


7. Children should learn to apply principles. They should 
not get by with, "You didn't tell me that," when the same 
principle could apply to what you did tell them. For example, if 
you tell them not to throw spit wads and they throw something 
else, they should know better. If they get by with it, they are 
learning bad reasoning and shrewd scheming. They are setting 
up a system of escape and are basically dishonest. 

8. Do not rejoice in outstanding abilities in children, but 
rather in obedience and in walking in truth. Rejoice only in 
your child what you would rejoice in if it were another 1 s child. 

9. Do not just tame down--"root out." He should sit down 
on the inside as well as on the outside. He needs to have a 
broken spirit. 

10. Look to a Higher Hand to bless your efforts and do 
what you cannot. One woman, before spanking her child said, 
"Lord, I do the work on the outside, and look to you to do the 
inside work." —From Family Life, October 1978 


The guilty criminal is brought forth. 
His guilt is proved, and now 'tis time; 
The sentence will be given, 
A trust betrayed, of priceless worth: 
It can't be paid with just a fine; 
It can't be just forgiven. 

The judge intones, "Your sin requires 
Anguish, and pain, and agony. 
Because of sin you're lost." 
His eyes behold the burning fires. 
The prisoner cries, "Oh woe is me! 
Oh! must I pay this cost? 


"Is there no way I can be free?" 
The judge replies, "There is no way; 
Justice must now be done." 
But look! God's only Son we see. 
He rises up. We hear Hiru say, 
"Father, I'm here: Your Son. 

"Oh spare that man! Til take his place. 
On Me now let the sentence be. 
I'll pay the dreadful cost! 
m suffer Lord; now show Your grace. 
My life Til give to set him free. 
Don't let this man be lost!" 

The Father hears, and grants His plea, 
And lets Him suffer, bleed, and die. 
What love the Savior had! 
There's power in Jesus' blood, to free. 
Praise God! He heard the sinner's cry! 
He died to make him glad. 

My friend, that man is you, and me. 
We have done wrong. We'd all be lost 
Without the Savior's love. 
Yet many men refuse to see, 
And to believe; He paid the cost. 
They reject His great love. 

To judgment, some day we will go. 

The Judge will look into His book, 

And see what we have done. 

If we received the truth we know, 

Or, if rejection's way we took. 

Oh! let's receive the Son! -James Beery 



I'm a former lowly sinner, 
A young pilgrim in this land. 
As a Christian a mere beginner, 
Trying to serve Christ best I can. 

I want to be worthy of my God, 
Sometimes to no avail; 
For it seems each day on earth I plod, 
My Saviour, I do fail. 

Oh, my days begin with noble dreams 
Of faith and works and prayer, 
But I seem to fall for Satan f s schemes, 
A captive in his snare. 

I know I'm just beginning; 
I have yet so much to grow; 
But I feel that I am winning 
Since our Saviour I now know. 
— Darrell Martin 


Thomas and Sharon Miller Tricia Lengyel 

3499 E. 950 S. 299 St. Rt. 726 

Macy, IN. 46951 New Madison, OH. 45346 

(219) 382-2206 (513) 273-4715 



We, the members of the Old Brethren Church in California, 
have agreed to hold our Fall Lovefeast, the Lord willing, at 
Salida on October 19 and 20. We sincerely welcome all to 
come and be with us at this time of communion and revival. 

—Joseph L. Cover 


SAVAGE — A daughter, Catherine Elizabeth Anne, born 
September 1, to Dale and Jodi Savage, of Gettysburg, Ohio. 

MOSER -- A daughter, Heidi Kalene, born September 10, to 
Kendall and Lorrine Moser of Goshen, Indiana. 

TAYLOR -- A daughter, Violet Ruth, born October 2, to Bart 
and Annalee Taylor of Tuolumne, California. 


COVER - CASTLE Joseph W. Cover and Laura Castle were 

married September 7, at Dallas Center, Iowa. 

Their address is 16472 Draper Mine Rd. 

Sonora, CA 95370 
(209) 536-9650 

HARRIS - HILTY Michael Harris and Wanda Hilty were 
married September 14, at New Madison, Ohio. 

Their address is 9009 St. Rt. 571 

Arcanum, OH. 45304 



As God came on the scene, after man fell in the garden of 
Eden, they tried to cloud the issue by putting the blame on 
someone else. This is still a basic problem of humanity. 

God, knowing the truth of the whole matter, dealt with it 
according to His former commitment and pronounced His 
judgment on the human race. Also with this He gave them a 
promise of deliverance from this judgment, but only through 
much suffering, both for God and man. Not until we 
understand this basic truth can we speak the truth in dealing 
with the suffering and death we are all called to. Physical 
suffering and death cannot be changed, and is not an easy 
matter, but to understand this truth is what makes us free from 
the bondage of both. 

To reveal the knowledge of truth is a verbal claim supported 
by an humble act declaring what truth has found in us in honor 
of Jesus Christ before God's people of truth. (John 3:21) 
Untruth is always in self defence of the flesh. Its intent is to 
hide what truth has found in us and to avoid the suffering that 
the flesh would experience had the truth been told. This in itself 
proves that we know good from evil. Untruth only prolongs 
and intensifies suffering. 

As Peter was confronted with a situation in his life that 
demanded a choice between truth and untruth, he succumbed to 
untruth with cursing and swearing (defending himself) An 
oath, with swearing, was to seal that what was said was the 
truth and nothing but the truth. After this he wasn't questioned 
further. Jesus, having taken care of the situation before it 
happened, was a power Peter couldn't resist and he repented. 
His suffering was far greater than if he had been truthful. 


Jesus has called our attention to this and has taught how 
truth is to be declared for those that know truth— by letting our 
yes be yes, and our no, no; and to add to this comes from evil. 
We know the seal of this is a life of truth. 

The courts and legal procedures in the world are wanting to 
know the truth— therefore they demand their subjects to declare 
this, by a raised hand and swearing. In America we have the 
privilege to affirm, which we are thankful for. 

In the reformation, this was one of the issues our heritage 
addressed: they refused to swear to declare the truth. This 
added to their mistrust and suffering, but because they knew the 
truth, they chose suffering for the present rather than the 
suffering that is awaiting the unfaithful. 

Again, we are thankful for our heritage and that this 
doctrine is held in high esteem in the peace church, and is a 
requirement of faith to all its members. —Kenneth Martin 

FOR YOUTH: Essays on Our Eyes 

Every day when we wake up, we automatically open our 
eyes. I can't imagine waking up and not being able to see what 
time it is or what the weather is doing. Since we haven't ever 
been blind, we don't have any idea how it would be. Luke 
10:23b: "Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see." 
They actually saw the Savior! We should always remember to 
be thankful for the good eyes God gave us. -Daniel Cover 

"Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are 
never satisfied." (Proverbs 27:20) This Bible verse is talking 
about how the eyes of man are never satisfied. Man's eyes want 
to see more and more. The Bible is comparing the bottomless 
pit or hell to our eyes. Hell will never be able to completely fill 
because it is bottomless. In that way our eyes are kind of like 
hell; they never get enough. -Jessica Cover 


"For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust 
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of 
the world. " (I John 2:16) Our eyes are used for many things. 
For the best or worst, we decide. If we use our eyes to covet 
after something that shouldn't be ours, we are acting just like 
the world would. We must remember to present a good 
example, for the people in the world will not be able to tell if we 
are Christians or not if we are vain about how we look, read 
bad books, and are proud and puffed up about what we have 
done instead of thanking the Lord for His gifts to us. It is so 
rewarding to know that we are the Father's, and we accordingly 
must be like Hun. 

— Rosanna Sampson 

"Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the 
desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit." (Ecclesiastes 
6:9) This verse teaches that we should not always be looking 
for something else, but we should be satisfied with what we 
have. If our eyes are always looking for more, we desire 
everything they see. God is not pleased when we are not 
satisfied with what He has provided for us. This desire of 
wanting more is vanity and vexation of spirit. 

— Alana Palmer 

"For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when 
we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty." (IT Peter 
1:16) As Christians, we do not follow cunningly devised fables. 
Although God is not visible, we can through His Word and 
deeds see some of His majesty as Peter saw Jesus' glory with his 
eyes. If what little of God's glory we have seen seems to us to 
be great, how much greater it would seem when we see God 
face to face! 

—Randy Brown 


When you are traveling, do you see houses and wonder 
what is happening inside? Every week I go past a trailer court. 
It is down in a valley. When I go past, it is still dark. One 
trailer always has lights on. I wonder if it is a Godly home. Do 
they have children? I can picture in my mind that Mother and 
Daddy are up. Mother is getting breakfast for the children. 
The children are getting ready for school... ready for another 
good day. I know someone that doesn't have to wonder who 
lives in a house. He can see through anything. Nothing is hid 
from His sight. We used to play hide and seek. Some would 
hide; then one would try to find them. Sometimes they were 
hard to find. 

(Fill in these blanks:) 

One time a man wanted to see . He knew there 

would be too many people for him to get close. He climbed a 

tree so he could look down and see Him. When was 

under the tree, He looked up and said, "Zacchaeus, come down; 

I want to talk to you. " There is no hiding from . 

Aren't we glad we have a Shepherd like ? He knows 

what you are thinking at this moment. Before we were born, 
He knew what we would be doing today. When your parents 
tell you to do something, remember our Special Friend knows 
what you are thinking.Let's have good thoughts and please Him 

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"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul " I Peter 2: 11 * 


A nswers to my many prayers. 

B lessings which come unawares. 

C hrist, the Source of all true joy. 

D reams come true in His employ. 

E nergy to work for Him. 

F avors though my faith be dim. 

G race sufficient day by day. 

H ome so happy, where I stay. 

I ntercession of God's Son. 

J esus Christ— the Holy One. 

K nowledge of His saving grace. 

L ove, and hopes to see His face. 

M ercies new from morn till night. 

N ames of friends, which cause delight. 

O pportunities to pray. 

P ower Divine from day to day. 

Q uestions which refresh the mind. 

R est with happiness combined. 

S unshine, lovely here to see. 

T reasures in God's Book for me. 

U selessness of Satan's sway. 

V ictory-Christ's own victory! 
W isdom which one can obtain. 
r X amples of saints, which remain. 

Y esterday-aithough 'tis gone. 
Z eal from God to carry on! 

-Alice Purvis Allan, (selected) 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the Old Brethren 
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Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
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I don f t know about yours, but I know that my life should 
show more gratitude; I should be more thankful. Thanksgiving 
originates in a heart that is aware of its need. It is the outward 
expression of an inward realization. We might reason, then, 
that if we have gratitude in our hearts, there would be no need 
to express it since it is true that "God looks on the heart. 11 But 
in many areas, God wants us to express what is in our hearts. If 
it is faith, He wants us to speak that faith. If it is trust, He 
wants us to demonstrate that trust by being brave and not 
fearful. Certainly the modesty He teaches could not be kept in 
the heart, but must be shown by the way we dress and conduct 

So thankfulness, to be pleasing to God, should be 
expressed. Psalm 107:1,2: "O give thanks unto the Lord, for 
he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed 
of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of 
the enemy. " The man that speaks so well to others, that "holds 
the floor" in a crowd, and yet is uncommunicative at home, is 
not pleasing his wife. So we, when we can talk of all sorts of 
our activities but fail to express our thanks to God, are not 
pleasing Him. 

What should be our guidelines in our thanksgiving? How 
can our conversation show our heart thankfulness? Malachi 
3:16 says, "Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to 
another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it..." Perhaps this 
was a different context, but it tells us that God hears when we 
speak to each other. Therefore, one form of thanksgiving is to 
tell others what God has done for us. 


Another way we might assess our thankfulness to God is to 
compare it with the way we thank one another. Our culture and 
manners dictate that thanks should be expressed for a gift or 
favor no matter how small. We feel that pressure from our 
society and our training. Flow great then should be the 
necessity to thank God for "His unspeakable gift" which surely 
is the sending of His Son Jesus to save our souls. If we would 
send a note or make a phone call to acknowledge a small gift of 
money or a box of candy from a friend, how great should be our 
praise to our Heavenly Father for His gift of life itself] 

Still another way to evaluate our thanksgiving is to look 
into God's Word. The Psalms, especially, are full of examples 
for us to use in our own personal lives. We might ask, "How 
often should I thank FEm?" Psalm 34: 1 "I will bless the Lord 
at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth." Why 
should we praise Flim? Psalm 92:1,2 answers: "It is a good 
thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy 
name, O most High: To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the 
morning, and thy faithftilness every night." Psalm 136 tells us 
over and over "For his mercy endureth for ever." I liked the 
definition for mercy and grace a brother quoted recently. 
"Grace is when God gives us what we do not deserve. Mercy is 
when God does not give us what we do deserve." How 
thankful we should be! 

I read also a definition for "lovingkindness," A little boy 
reportedly said this: "Well, if I was hungry and someone gave 
me a piece of bread, that would be kindness. But if they put a 
little jam on it, that would be lovingkindness." How often God 
"puts a little jam" on the blessings He gives to us! 

Thanksgiving magnifies God. "I will praise the name of 
God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving." 
(Psalm 69:30) To magnify is to make large, and the Hebrew 
word seems to have this same meaning. We don't really make 
God large by our thanksgiving except in our own hearts. To 


magnify Him is to give Him more of our time, our thinking, our 
words, and our actions. When we are thankful, God stands out 
as the Supplier of our needs, the Giver of every gift, the 
Sustainer of our very lives. 

True thanksgiving acknowledges true values. We can and 
should thank God for our daily comforts and favors. He has 
even given us luxuries the people of the past never heard of. 
But what if these are missing? What if we lose our health or 
our homes or all our earthly possessions? Is there still occasion 
for thanks to God? Yes, because our true values — the 
unspeakable gift — God f s grace and salvation remain when all 
earthly pleasures fail. It is of special interest that the song of 
thanks "Now Thank We All Our God" originated in extremely 
hard times. Martin Rinkart, the writer, was a pastor in 
Germany during the Thirty Years War. Rival armies occupied 
Eilenburg on three different occasions. A deadly pestilence and 
famine swept through the city as armies came and went. 
Rinkart sometimes conducted as many as forty or fifty funeral 
services in a day. Yet out of this conflict and suffering came 
this hymn as well as sixty-five others by the same author. Our 
thanksgiving rises from thankful hearts and is not diminished by 
temporary circumstances of suffering or loss. 


O magnify the Lord with me; 
Exalt His name in unison. 
Let hearts and hands and voices free 
Praise mighty God, the three in one. 

His praise is due from lips of clay, 
From feeble forms like yours and mine; 
For food and clothing day by day; 
For wondrous acts of love divine. 


How can we keep it all inside 
When Jesus died and brought us grace? 
Release our bonds; subdue our pride; 
And let our loosened tongues replace— 

The silence that so often stills 
Our hearts so blest, but O so slow 
To tell of gifts and how He fills 
Our lives with goodness here below. 

O Lord*we do give thanks to Thee. 
Where else can we find rest and grace? 
Thy people we are glad to be; 
Accept our thanks, our hearts, our praise. 


As I write, the national election is yet to come. But by the 
time you read this, you will know the results. Should we have 
voted? If the USA is our kingdom, perhaps we should have, 
but if our citizenship is in heaven, our permanent leader is 
already chosen and installed. If Jesus had said, "My kingdom is 
of this world" perhaps we should have voted. But He said, "My 
kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this 
world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be 
delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence." 
We can understand from Jesus' words that the conflict or battle 
is in a different area. Paul says, "For we wrestle not against 
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, 
against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual 
wickedness in high places." Neither the United States nor any 
other nation will ever be this Kingdom of God no matter how 
well they may recapture the vision of the founding fathers. 


Perhaps we should have voted if our goals are only earthly. 
But Paul says, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we 
are of all men most miserable." (I Corinthians 15:19) Perhaps 
we should have voted if we also support the country in physical 
warfare. The President is also the commander-in-chief of the 
military forces of the nation, and if we were military people we 
should vote for the best one. It is not ours to tell the nations 
they cannot fight for their principles or property. But the 
Savior makes it plain that we are to love our enemies. Jesus 
told Peter, "Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they 
that take the sword shall perish with the sword." Paul writes in 
II Corinthians 10:3,4: "For though we walk in the flesh, we do 
not war after the flesh: For the weapons of our warfare are not 
carnal, but mighty through God..." 

What then? Are we to abandon our country to the 
adversary by not taking part in its elections? No, we have a 
duty far more binding and a power far more effective than our 
vote. That is to pray for our rulers (whether we respect them as 
individuals or not) and our country. It is God that sets up and 
takes down rulers. If we are obedient to the laws, show respect 
to the rulers and pray for them, and willingly pay our taxes, we 
have done our civic duty as Christians and temporary residents 
of out country. — L.C. 


1 heard a story not long ago of an Amish man's dream. He 
saw Jesus coming in the clouds of heaven for His bride. And he 
started up into the air to meet Him. But just above Ms farm he 
stopped, and could go no farther. He looked down and saw 
that his feet were tied. A piece of rope was holding him to his 
farm Please don't despise the Amish man. The Lord in His 


mercy showed hiin his need. But what about you? Is there 
some weight in your life holding you earthbound? The church 
in America is like the seed that fell among thorns. We tend to 
get choked by the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of 
riches, so that we become unfruitful. We are also like the 
church of Laodicea that said, "I am rich, and increased with 
goods, and have need of nothing." And little do we seem to 
realize, that we are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and 
blind, and naked, spiritually speaking. Where is your treasure? 
Are you building on the sand? Jesus said, "Labor not for the 
meat which perisheth, but for that which endureth unto 
everlasting life..." (John 6:27) But "The husbandman that 
laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits." (II Tim 2:6) If 
we don't know where we are going, how can we show others? 
We must have assurance within; God's Spirit must bear witness 
with our spirit that we are His children. We must be bora 
again. Then God will give us a burden for the lost who are in 
Satan's bondage. No good soldier of the heavenly army will 
dare entangle himself with the affairs of this life; that he may 
please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. (II Tim, 2:4) 
In light of the conflict we are in, doesn*t it make sense that 
earthly mammon and riches really are deceitfuMhat they tend 
to snare our hearts and cause us to fall in love with the world? 
But some will make excuse, "Lord, I can not come, for I have 
bought some land." Or "I have married a wife." Or "I have 
bought five yoke of oxen; please excuse us." Is it not amazing 
how we fall in love with the temporal, and lose sight of the 
eternal? But those who are led to Jesus can be taken with us to 
eternity. Go out into the highways and hedges and compel 
them to come in, that the Father's house may be filled! 

—Kevin Garber 
Twain Harte, California 



Some would gather money along the path of life; 

Some would gather roses and rest from worldly strife; 

But I would gather children from among the thorns of sin. 

I would seek a golden curl and a freckled, toothless grin. 

For money cannot enter in that land of endless day; 

Roses that are gathered soon will wilt along the way. 

But, oh, the laughing children as I cross the sunset sea; 

Gates swing wide to heaven; I can take them in with me. 

—Billy Davis 
Selected by Kevin Garber 

Eastern Congregation 

Kelly Brandt, October 5. May she ever be true to the One who 
brought life and salvation to all who will faithfully serve Him. 


BAYER - A son, Jubal Isaac Lavy Bayer, bora October 26, to 
John Jr. and Loraine Bayer of Dayton, Ohio. 


Each little kindness that you do 
Returns a hundredfold to you; 
Each bit of cheer dropped by the way 
Collects its interest every d&y. 
Whate'er the weather, if yoii'ife kind, 
You'll harbor sunshine in your mind. 



Unending day, How can it be! 
A day will come, that we will see; 
That ne f er will end, in evening shade, 
Where the bright light will never fade. 

This day is promised in God's Word, 
Has men inspired, e ! er since 'twas heard, 
Has strengthened those in trials great; 
And kept them true through any fete. 

This promise should our hearts inspire, 
And fire our efforts with desire; 
To ready be for that great day; 
So the great Judge to us will say— 

"Come! Enter in this endless day," 
Where God has wiped all tears away, 
Where sorrow's past, and death is gone, 
And all the faithful now are one. 

This day where joy will be complete; 
And we can gather 'round God's seat; 
Where all from sin are now made free 
To dwell in constant ecstasy. 

And in this state we all can be 
Within this vast eternity, 
Where joyous bliss will just go on, 
And on, and on, and on, and on — 
-James Beery 
Nappanee, Indiana 



If God has called you to be really like Jesus, He will draw 
you into a life of crucifixion and humility, and put upon you 
such demands of obedience that you will not be able to follow 
other people, or measure yourself by other Christians. In many 
ways He will seem to let other good people do things which He 
will not let you do. 

Seemingly religious and useful men push themselves 
forward, pull wires, and work schemes to carry out their plans, 
but you cannot do it. And if you attempt it, you wiU meet with 
such failure and rebuke from the Lord as to make you sorely 

Others may boast of themselves, of their work, of their 
success, of their writings, but the Holy Spirit will not allow you 
to do it. If you begin it, He will lead you into some deep 
mortification that will make you despise yourself and all your 
good works. 

Others may be allowed to succeed in making money, or may 
have a legacy left to them But it is likely God wants you to 
have something far better than gold--a helpless dependence 
upon Him, that He may have the privilege of supplying your 
needs day by day out of an unseen treasury. 

The Lord may let others be honored and put forward, and 
keep you hidden in obscurity, because He wants to produce 
some choice, fragrant fruit for His coming glory, which can be 
produced only in the shade. He may let others be great, but 
keep you small. He may let others do work for Him and get the 
credit for it, but He will make you work and toil without 
knowing how much you are doing. And then to make your 
work still more precious, He may let others get the credit for 
the work you have done, making your reward ten times greater 
when Jesus comes. 


The Holy Spirit will put a strict watch over you with jealous 
love, and will rebuke you for little words and feelings, or for 
wasting your time, which other Christians never seem distressed 
over. So, make up your mind that God is an infinite Sovereign 
and has a right to do as He pleases with His own. He may not 
explain to you a thousand things which puzzle yoiir reason in 
His dealings with you, but if you absolutely sell yourself to be 
His love-slave, He will wrap you up in a jealous love and 
bestow upon you many blessings which come only to those in 
the inner circle. 

Settle it forever, then, that you are to deal directly with the 
Holy Spirit, and that He is to have the privilege of tying your 
tongue, or restraining your hand, or closing your eyes, in ways 
that He does not seem to use with others. Notice Jesus 1 reply 
when Peter was more concerned with what John should do than 
with his own responsibility. "What is that to thee? follow thou 
me. M (John 21:22) 

When you are so possessed with the living God that you 
are, in your secret heart, pleased and delighted over this 
particular, personal, private, jealous guardianship and 
management of the Holy Spirit over your life, you will have 
found the vestibule of heaven. 

"If ye then be risen with Christ,... Set your affection on 
things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and 
your life is hid with Christ in God." (Colossians 3:1-3) 

"And lest I should be exalted above measure... there was 
given to me a thorn in the flesh... For this thing I besought the 
Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, 
My grace is sufficient for thee: Most gladly therefore will I 
rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest 
upon me." (II Corinthians 12:7-9) 

"So then every one of us shall give account of himself to 
God." --G. D. Watson, adapted 

A tract from Christian Light Publications, Harrisonburg, VA 



God's sovereignty over His creation is proven by His 
diverting and controlling the affairs of men. As men began to 
multiply after the flood, they were of one language and speech. 
And the Lord came down to see how they were doing and was 
not pleased with what He saw. "And the Lord said, Behold, the 
people is one, and they all have one language; and this they 
begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, 
which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and 
there confound their language, that they may not understand 
one another's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from 
thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build 
the city." 

This has been a restraint for fallen humanity ever since, 
although in process of time, man has been able to overcome 
some of this barrier and are again accomplishing things that will 
bring God's wrath on them. 

The confusion of tongues is what created many different 
races and kingdoms of men. We believe this was God's design 
to control the affairs of fallen men, for checks and balances as 
kingdoms rise and fall. 

Out of this, God created a special kingdom (Israel) and 
language, that He used mightily to prove Himself to the world- 
not always in its favor (because of disobedience.) But then in 
their restoration He would again restore His honor. 

Confusion of tongues was to restrain, but could not change 
the heart of man or any nation including Israel. But in time God 
brought from heaven a new language and a new kingdom and 
has rejected all earthly kingdoms, including Israel, to reveal this 
new language. 


This kingdom is now revealing itself in every kindred and 
nation by those that are responding and acknowledging this 
eternal truth: as one language separated us from God, now the 
necessity of one language will return us to God. 

As God used confusion to restrain fallen man, so Satan is 
now using it to destroy redeemed man. 

This new language calls us to "One Lord, one faith, one 
baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and 
through all, and in you all." "That ye may with one mind and 
one mouth glorify God..." "...That ye all speak the same thing, 
and that there be no divisions among you." "...Be of one mind, 
live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." 
"Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be like-minded, having the same love, 
being of one accord, and of one mind. Let nothing be done 
through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each 
esteem other better than themselves." "Put on therefore, as the 
elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, 
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one 
another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel 
against you: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye." 
"Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of 
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous." (Scripture) 

This is the new language that is being spoken in the 
kingdom of God. This language is a power that Satan hasn't 
been able to extinguish. It should be the joy of each church 
family. It penetrates the walls that Satan was able to build in 
our midst. 

The Lord knows them that are His. Those that He knows 
know each other and are speaking His language. This language 
knows no bounds; even death will not separate us from it, 

—Kenneth Martin 
Nappanee, Indiana 



1. Note Biblical material in both the Old and New 

2. Study the historical background of the character. 

3. Persons with whom the character was associated. 

4. Persons by whom the character was most influenced. 

5. Some person whom the character most influenced, 

6. Does this character compare with someone you know? 

7. In what respect was the character moulded by the age? 

8. In what respect did the character help to mould the age? 

9. In what respect, if any, did the character foreshadow 

10. What were the literary productions of the character if 

11. Most significant or important public utterances, 
commendable or not commendable. 

12. Specific acts that were commendable or not 

13. Traits of character worthy or unworthy of imitation. 

14. The most prominent trait of character. 

15. The secret of his greatness or reasons for his downfall 

16. What did the study of this character do for you? 

-Jesse F. Lady 
Selected from The Sunday School Herald, 1947 

The death of Christ was never intended to be a cloak to 
cover sin but an instrument to destroy it. 

—from the collection of John Strickler 



Said old Gentleman Gray, "On a Thanksgiving Day, 
If you want to be happy, give something away, 11 
So he gave a fat turkey to Shoemaker Price, 
And the shoemaker said, "What a fine bird! How nice!" 
I'll give Widow Lee the fine chicken I bought." 
Said the pleased Widow Lee, "See this chicken! Oh my!" 
I would like to make someone as happy as I 
Til give Washwoman Biddy my big pumpkin pie." 
And "Oh sure," Biddy said, "it's the queen of all pies; 
Just to look at its yellow face gladdens my eyes. 
Now it's my turn, I think, and a sweet gingercake 
For the motherless Finnegan children M make." 
Said the Finnegan children, Rose, Benny, and Hugh, 
"It smells sweet of spice, and we'll carry a slice 
To little lame Jake, who has nothing that's nice." 
"Oh, I thank you and thank you," said little lame Jake; 
"What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful cake! 
And such a big slice; I will save all the crumbs, 
And give some to each little sparrow that comes." 
And the sparrows, they twittered as if they would say, 
Like old Gentleman Gray, "On a Thanksgiving Day, 
If you want to be happy, give something away." 
—Author Unknown 
Selected from "Sunbeams", 1948 

There's something about a smile I know, 
It never can stay in one place; 
As sure as you smile, it's bound to go 
And come out on another face. 


For telling the truth. 

For living a pure life. 

For confessing your sins. 

For doing your very best. 

For your faith in Christ. 

For thinking before acting. 

For forgiving your enemies. 

For hearing before judging. 

For helping a fallen brother. 

For being honest in business. 

For thinking before speaking. 

For being loyal to your church. 

For stopping your ears to gossip. 

For bridling a slanderous tongue. 

For harboring only pure thoughts. 

For being courteous and kind to all. 

For money given to the Lord's cause. 

For faithfulness in keeping your promises. 

For asking pardon when you have done wrong. 

-Selected from "Sunbeams", 1942 








VOL. 43 DECEMBER. 1996 No, 12 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from 
fleshly lusts, which war against the soul" I Peter 2: 1 1 


Joyful news of Jesus' birth 
In that dark night given, 
Sweeping over all the earth 
Son of God from heaven. 

Coming in the early morn, 
Hosts of angels singing 
When our Saviour Christ was born, 
Hope and gladness bringing. 

Peace on earth and joyful song, 
Shepherds upward gazing, 
Starlit hosts, a glory throng 
Downward - upward raising. 

Darkness changing into light 
With the dawning morning, 
Rays of hope dispelling night 
Sky-beam's rays adorning. 

Jesus coming to our hearts 
Guiding, giving, loving. 
Hope and blessing from Him starts 
Godlike wisdom showing. 
—Joseph I. Cover 

THE PILGRIM is a religious magazine published in the interests of the Old Brethren 
Church. Subscription rate: $5.00 per year. Sample copy sent free on request. 
Publishing editor: Leslie Cover 
Address. THE PILGRIM, 19201 Cherokee Rd, Tuolumne, CA. 95379 


Mary, the mother of Jesus, stands out in history as a chosen 
one of God. She is described as a virgin, one "highly-favored/ 1 
"blessed... among women, 11 and one who "hast found favor with 
God." When the angel of the Lord informed her of the mission 
planned for her life, she no doubt realized that there would be 
some reproach from those who did not understand. But she 
responded to the angel f s message by saying, "Behold the 
handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." 
She even came to rejoice in this special (though difficult) 
assignment from God. To Elizabeth she said, "My soul doth 
magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my 
Saviour... from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed." 

In a recent discussion about this Mary, some expressed that 
too much honor had been heaped on her, even to the extent of 
worship, and some remarked that (possibly because of this 
error) some have not given her the respect that was due. 
People tend to go to extremes. We over-react; the pendulum of 
opinion swings too far in both directions. How needfid it is that 
we keep God's Word as our standard both for our practice and 
our understanding! 

In a recent sermon a brother pointed out that Jesus did not 
(in the record) refer to Mary as "mother" but as "woman." On 
the occasion of His first miracle, He said, "Woman, what have I 
to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come." (John 2:4) This 
term translated woman was actually a title of respect more like 
our madam. When His disciples told Him that His mother and 
brethren wanted to see Him, He answered, "Who is my mother? 
and who are my brethren?" And he stretched forth his hand 
toward his disciples, and said, "Behold my mother and 


my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father 
which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and 
mother. " I am sure that these expressions of our perfect Lord 
did not in any way indicate disrespect, but only pointed out the 
greatest attainment and honor: to do the will of God. 

No woman in history had a greater assignment or higher 
honor than Mary. Truly we should be thankful that there was 
such a person whom God could use to fulfill His plan and be the 
means of bringing the Saviour into the world. But she was still 
human, and great would be her dismay if she knew she was 
worshipped as something more. 

Jesus had a good mother. Her husband Joseph was also 
described as a just man. They stand as an example of faithful 
parents. But our attention rightly focuses on the Son. We don't 
have record of what happened to Joseph. He almost certainly 
was not living at Jesus 1 crucifixion when He committed the care 
of His mother to John, the beloved disciple. Mary became a 
member of His church. Acts 1:14 tells us specifically that Mary 
was one of those "one hundred and twenty" who were with one 
accord and praying when the Holy Spirit was given. 

After this final account in Acts, Mary is no more mentioned. 
There is an unknown Mary greeted by Paul in Romans 16:6: 
"Greet Mary, who bestowed much labor on us." It isn't likely 
that Mary, Jesus' mother, was in Rome, and she would be an 
older woman by the time of this writing late in A.D. 50's. 

At the cross, Jesus gave John the responsibility of caring for 
Mary, and the record says, "And from that hour that disciple 
took her unto his own home." When she died or what were the 
events of her later life we do not know, but we believe she was 
well cared for. 

At this season we hear much about the birth of Jesus and 
about Mary His mother. What are some lessons for us as we 
sing the songs and reread the account? The outstanding lesson 
is summarized in I John 5:9 and 14: "In this was manifested the 


love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten 
Son into the world, that we might live through him... And we 
have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the 
Saviour of the world." John 3: 16 gives the same message. 

We learn from the life of Mary the willingness and 
faithfulness to fill the place that the Father chose for her. We, 
too, each have a place. God has a plan and we are privileged to 
be included. Peter says we "as lively stones, are built up a 
spiritual house..." Our place may not have the notice or the 
importance of Mary's, but it will be special for us since God 
Himself has placed us in it. May we see it as a place to fill 
faithfully no matter how small or how unnoticed. 

We can also appreciate the teaching we have been given. 
We have not been taught to ignorantly worship the creature 
(Mary) more than the Creator. Yet we can honor her in our 
meditations, not going to extremes, but believing God's Holy 
Word and letting Him order our lives— doing His will by the 
power of His Spirit. — L.C. 


Advent is the liturgical part of the year anticipating the 
memory of Jesus 1 birth. Much preparation is done because 
Advent finds fulfillment in the coming of the Christ-child. In 
many "plain" churches the Scriptures relating to the second 
advent of Christ are read and emphasized during this time. So 
as we think of what this season means, we want to think of 
some of its implications for the present time. 

When Jesus, the long-awaited Messiah, began His earthly 
ministry, He began with great urgency a message echoed from 
John the Baptizer: "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of 
God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel." (Mark 
1:15) He then taught men the gospel of this kingdom 


(Matt. 5-7) His first advent was the proclamation of 
genuineness and authenticity of life— real life. This was not the 
splendor of an earthly reign of great pomp and regality, but the 
reign of God in the household of faith (Col. 1:3; I Thess. 2:12; 
Heb. 12:22-24) —the fulfillment of the daily prayer of Christians 
that "Thy kingdom come." This is the urgent and pressing need 
of the moment even today — an urgent and holy expectancy 
that grips us to the very core of our life and existence. 

For indeed, this true life costs us our self, our life — every 
ounce of it! Our possessions, our family, our everything must 
be for this, or there is absolutely no life in this kingdom. (Luke 
9:57-62; 14:25-35; 18;28-30) We must forsake all! Nothing 
must come before this or stand in the way! It is a way of 
suffering, of tribulations, and persecutions. (Acts 14:22; II Tim. 
3:11-12) Christ and His kingdom (His very own Body —the 
Church community) must be our sole aim. To this aim we have 
confessed lifelong faithfiilness in our baptism (Matt 6:33; Luke 
12:31) — above all else! Only then can we gain true life and 
strength and be born into this kingdom of God and His Son 
Jesus the Christ. 

What is this kingdom of God that Christ and the Apostles 
continually taught about (Acts 1:1-3; 28:31) and for which we 
should earnestly hope and seek? It is one which finds its life 
and hope in righteousness, joy, and peace (Rom. 14:17) in the 
heart of every man who will submit to the teachings and 
traditions of Christ and the Apostles. It is deeds. (I Cor. 4:20) 
It recognizes its corporate nature of being a city ( a collection 
of people) on a hill, and of being salt and infiltrating all around. 
(Matt. 5 13-16) It is when people are eager to beat their 
swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks, 
when the Hon lies down with a calf, and a child leads them. (Isa. 
2:4; Micah 4:3; Isa. 11:6) It is in love to one's brethren, and 
even love and nonviolence to one's worst enemies. It is true 
submission and resignation with determination. (Gelassenheit)! 


Just as the prophecies the Messiah found their fulfillment in 
the coming of the Perfect One and His everlasting kingdom (the 
Advent), so this gospel of the kingdom of God finds its 
fulfillment in present reality when Christ is born in the hearts of 
its citizens — those who seek and receive forgiveness of their 
sins through the infinitely-loving Redeemer and Lord. The 
citizens are those true people of God who are contrite of heart, 
whose hearts are hoping and longing in despair and utter 
helplessness for a true and holy flame of God. They recognize 
their need, and in all their muddled confusion and distress of 
soul they cry desperately to God. They are the poor, the poor 
in spirit, to whom the kingdom belongs. (Matt. 5:3) 

The first advent of Christ was meek and lowly, under 
strangely peculiar circumstances for mankinds degraded sense 
of class structure and status quo for a king. But even still, just 
as His birth was lowly and meek, just so does this kingdom of 
Christ become the abode of the meek and lowly — those who 
sense their smallness, but have discovered the great world of 
true righteousness and peace. (Matt. 5:20) This is the land of 
forgiveness, of trust, and simple faith, and true children. (Matt. 

Those within whom this hope of the nations has been born have 
the only true life. They now look for a second advent when the 
Just One shall return to gather His faithful, the Holy church 
throughout the world. This is the final fulfillment of the 
kingdom of God in a new heaven and a new earth. They really 
believe their Lord is coming, and so with great fear they live as 
a colony of transients in a foreign land. (I Peter 2:11) They can 
only do this with their brethren in a local revelation of this 
kingdom. (Heb. 10:24,25) The same power and faith that 
motivated the early Christians motivates them to move forward, 
to maintain their holy tradition with zeal and fervor, to share 
with widows, orphans, the helpless, and weak ~ and yes! 
sinners. There is new life! There is fulfillment! This is a joyful 


Advent -- The Coming of Jesus Christ -Michael Harris Dec 

All Things Are Ready; Come to the Feast! -Kevin Garber Nov 

Bear One Another's Burdens -L.C. Mar 

Bifocals -L.C. Feb 
Brethren Historical Tour -Leslie and Martha Cover 

Jan, Feb, Mar,Apr, Jun 

Conformity -L.C. Jun 

Contend Or Contentious -L.C. Jul 

Dogs and False Teachers -Kenneth Johnson Dec 

Effort -Elva Royer Mar 

Fire In The Hills -L.C. Sep 

Footwashing: Symbol Of Brotherhood -selected Oct 

Giving Of Thanks -L.C. Nov 

Heavenly Power -James Beery Jul 
Holding Forth The Word Of Life -Where's Father? 

-selected by Kenneth and Lois Martin Jun 

Love In Other Words -selected Apr 

Mary -L.C, Dec 

Others May; You Cannot -selected Nov 

Power, Peace, Progress -L.C. May 

Resolutions -Ron Cable Jan 

Resurrection Reality -Michael Harris May 

Should We Have Voted? -L.C. Nov 

Straight Talking In Love -selected by Michael Harris Mar 

Sufferings -L.C. Apr 

Ten Commandments For Parents -selected Oct 

The Humble Heart -selected Oct 

The Impact Of Words -selected by Lois Martin Feb 

The Imperative Sentence -L.C. Oct 

The New Song -L.C. Jan 

The Pilgrim -L.C. Aug 

The Resurrection Power -Alvin Wray Aug/Sep 

True Children Of God -Kevin Garber Oct 

Unity And The Value Of Diversity -Ron Cable Jul 

Walking In The Spirit By The Word -Brian Brannick Sep 

Walk In The Light -Kevin Garber Aug 

Who Is The Greatest? -L.C. Jul 

Women Of Chastity -Betty Beery May 


A Bag Of Tools -selected by Raymond Royer Jul 

A Humble Heart -selected Jim 

Bear Ye One Another's Burdens -L.C. Mar 

Beginner For Christ -Darrell Martin Oct 

Being Kind -selected Nov 

Christ Is Risen -selected by Michael Harris Jul 

Clear Glasses -L.C. Feb 

Commands -L.C. Oct 

Conformed To Christ -L. C. Jun 

Decision At Calvary -James Beery Apr 

Endless Day -James Beery Nov 

Fellowship -Selected by Martha Cover Jul 

Follow Jesus -L.C. Apr 

God Is Able -Catherine and Laura Beaupain Aug 

Hands -Selected by Everett Oyler Sep 

I Am Resolved No Longer To Linger -sel by Ron Cable Jan 

In Memory Of Aaron -James Beery Aug 

Joyful News -J. I. Cover Dec 

Judgment -James Beery Oct 

Lasting Treasures -selected by Kevin Garber Nov 

Lead, Kindly Light -selected Mar 

Mother's Day Prayer The Greatest Test -selected May 

One Little Hour -selected Oct 

Our Battle, Our Choice -James Beery Mar 

Progress, Power, Peace -L.C. May 

Shining For Jesus -Selected by Murray Brillinger Jul 

Smiles Travel -selected Nov 

Take Thou My Hand, O Father -selected Jan 

Thanksgiving For -selected Nov 

Thanks To God -L.C. Nov 

The Cold Within -selected by Ruth Flora May 

The Pilgrim -Sharon M. See Feb 

The Tongue -L.C. Sep 

The Treasure -James Beery Sep 

This Is My Father's World -selected Jul 

Trust In The Father's Care -selected Aug 

You Will Never Be Sorry -selected Nov 

Will You Be A Pilgrim? -L.C. Aug 


Knowing God Jan 

God's Word Written Feb 

Loving His Word Mar 

Christ Our Hope And Trust Apr 

God's Order Of Headship May 

Moral Purity Jun 

Theology: The False And The True Jul 

The One True God Aug 

The Earthly Kingdom Sep 

Truth And Untruth Oct 

The New Language Nov 

Birth of the Savior Dec 


A New Year Before Us -Rhoda Cover Jan 

Lessons From The Birds -selected by Michael Harris Feb 

Divine Love -William Johnson Mar 

Giving Our Lives -Serena Foster Apr 

A Christ-Like Love -Rhoda Coning May 

Who Is Jesus To You? -Emily Brubaker Jun 

God As The Alpha And Omega -William Johnson Jul 

Nadab And Abihu -Sarah Cover Aug 

Mara (Ruth 1:20) -Rhoda Cover Sep 
Essays On Our Eyes -Daniel Cover, Jessica Cover, 

Rosanna Sampson, Alana Palmer, and Randy Brown Oct 

How To Study A Bible Character -selected Nov 


A Lesson From Little Rachel -Linda Frick Jan 

Each One Special -Everett Oyler Feb 

What Would Jesus Do? -Everett Oyler Mar 

The Bluebell -selected by Ruth Flora Apr 

Fanny Crosbys Jewel -Everett Oyler May 

Is It Good To Get Cancer? -Linda Frick Jun 

On Learning To Give Unselfishly -Linda Frick Jul 

Suppertime With Joseph -Linda Frick Aug 

You Must Follow Daddy -Everett Oyler Sep 

You Can't Hide -Everett Oyler Oct 

Gentleman Gray -selected Nov 

A Child-Like Faith -Serena Foster Dec 


Wesley Richard Johnson 

Sep 20, 1995 

Scott Clayton Martin 

Nov 27,1995 

Clint Marshall Flora 


Ellie Marilyn Cable 

Feb 28 

Jethro Stephen Royer 

Mar 13 

Blake Edward Wagner 

Apr 13 

Allison Rose Cover 

Apr 16 

Jacob Daniel Beery 

Apr 25 

Kylie Jade Yoder 

Jun 4 

Bridget Joelle Martin 

Jun 5 

Charity Faith Brown 

Jun 22 

Jamin Christopher Coning 

Jul 16 

Catherine Elizabeth Anne Savage 

Sep 1 

Heidi Kalene Moser 

Sep 10 

Violet Ruth Taylor 

Oct 2 

Daniel James Crowley 

Oct 13 

Jubal Isaac Lavy Bayer 

Oct 26 

David Benjamin Tate 

Oct 29 

Wesley John Bowser 

Nov 28 

Melissa Suzanne Hilty 

Nov. 30 


Benjamin Bowser 

Dec 31, 1995 

Nathan Royer 

Jul 14 

Reuben Royer 

Jul 14 

Marlene Hilty 

Aug 4 

Hannah Bowser 

Aug 4 

Kelly Brandt 

Oct 26 


Joseph W. Cover and Laura Castle 

Sep 7 

Michael Harris and Wanda Hilty 

Sep 14 


Daniel Weston Mohler 

Jan 18 

Krislyn Hope Wagner 

Jul 1 

Aaron Daniel Skiles 

Jul 27 


expectancy —a glorious hope! (I Peter 1:3) Life in this kingdom 
must begin now. The message of the angels must become 
reality ~ 

...O hush the noise, ye men of strife, 
And hear the angels sing. 
We hear them sing of peace on earth, of unity and love, of 
broken barriers, of sins forgiven, of joyous life in the kingdom 
of God, the OTVXFtrue life! 

And you know, it is truly amazing and paradoxical just how 
simply, how quiet and still—how silent, if you wish— that this life 
can come to us! (Luke 17:20-21; John 3:8) 
How silently, how silently. 
The wondrous gift is given! 
So God imparts to human hearts 
The blessings of His heaven. 
No ear may hear His coming, 
But in this world of sin 
Where meek souls will receive Him still, 
The dear Christ enters in. 

That we from our hearts love one another, 
of one mind, in peace remain together. 
-Michael Harris, Arcanum, Ohio 


The Physician ! s diagnosis on the Death Certificate was 
shocking and surprising for a man who had lived in this modern 
era of advanced medical technology and treatments for diseases. 
It was surprising that someone should have died of this disease 
when they lived, not in the back woods of some impoverished 
country, but in a good-sized city right here in the U.S. The fatal 
diagnosis was that the patient had died of the still-dreaded 


Since 1885, when French scientist Louis Pasteur 
demonstrated the effectiveness of his treatment against rabies, 
or hydrophobia, a measure of relief has come where once very 
real alarm accompanied the bite of a wild animal or wild-acting 
dog. Along with the relief however, comes too much 
complacency, as evidenced by the fact that the person who lost 
his life didn't consider his situation serious enough: he refused 
to receive the anti-rabies treatments his doctor prescribed. And, 
instead of becoming well and having his body fight off this 
saliva-borne infection, he died a horribly painfiil death. 

Just as with the death-carrying attack of the dog which bit 
the man in the news story, the Scriptures often reserve "dog 11 as 
a term for someone who is dangerous. 

Sometimes "dog" is used for those who are morally impure. 
Just as a dog's habits are in many ways unclean, someone who 
is a "dog" in this sense is mentally or morally unsanitary. 
Perhaps this is the inference of Revelation 22: 15: "For without 
are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and 
idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a he." Those that 
are "dogs" in their personal lives cannot hope to enter Heaven's 
gates but will be left "without." 

"Dog" is also used in Scripture for someone who threatens 
harm Many of us have had the personal experience of suffering 
the loss of animals or livestock due to roaming dogs. In a 
passage in which the Psalmist's life foreshadowed that of 
Christ's experience on the cross, he records: "For dogs have 
compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: 
they pierced my hands and my feet." (Psalm 22:16) The 
Hebrew word used here means "yelp" or "to attack." 

Another use of "dog" in both Old and New Testament is to 
describe a man who is a false teacher. These are people who 
are dangerous and can infect us spiritually, just as a rabid dog 
infects physically. 


The prophet Isaiah, in describing those who should have 
been careful to watch for the spiritual well being of Israel but 
who were instead greedy for financial gain, says, "His 
watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb 
dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and 
they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to 
their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. " (Isaiah 

The New Testament also warns against such false teachers, 
when the Apostle Paul instructs in Philipians 3:2: "Beware of 
dogs, beware of evil workers..," 

Is there danger that we could be "bit" and spirituaUy 
infected with a deadly virus by some false teacher when we least 
expect such an attack? We are usually on our guard when a 
representative of a well-known cult comes to our door to 
distribute their literature, but are we on our guard when a 
professing Christian co-worker or neighbor radiates enthusiasm 
for a new seminar, the latest popular book in the Christian 
bookstore, or some remarkable testimony he wants us to go 

What are the danger signs? The Isaiah passage quoted 
above indicates the false teachers were greedy. Perhaps we 
should be wary when multitudes are flocking to some new 
program or seminar in which one must pay a large entrance fee. 
Are the leaders of this program under wise accountability of a 
local church, or are they going out under their own authority? 
Others not greedy for financial gain are covetous for influence 
and prestige. Often we can hear earnest reports of some new 
Christian work going on, but it turns out that rather than 
encouraging existing good, solid, plain churches in the area, 
they instead want to form their own group, perhaps under the 
central leadership of just one or two men. 


Finally, have we talked about this teaching or program with 
the godly leadership of our own church to take their input and 
advice? The leaders of our church are our shepherds, and as 
sheep we place ourselves in danger when we leave the safety of 
the fold for outside pastures on our own, making us vulnerable 
to the deadly bites of false teachers. 

—Kenneth Johnson, Modesto, California 


Excitement filled the air as Amanda helped her mother 
prepare a snack for their trip. As they worked, Amanda was 
thinking about flying. She had never flown before, and her 
young mind was full of questions. "Mother," Amanda asked 
when they had finished the snacks, "Are we going up to God?" 

"We'll be up in the sky, if that's what you mean," her mother 

Amanda was silent and then looking seriously at her mother 
asked, "Then well get dead?" 

Her mother assured her that they'd most likely be safe on 
their trip. Early the next morning they left for the airport and 
were soon at their grandpa's. While the adults visited, Amanda 
played with her cousins. She played hard. The day was soon 
over and Amanda was tucked in bed. "Mama," she softly called 
while reaching in the dark for her mother's hand. Finding it she 
exclaimed, "We didn't get dead." Her mother's heart was 
touched. AH this time Amanda had calmly let them lead her and 
believed they knew best even if it meant death. With tears in 
her eyes, she pondered Amanda's comment. 

Oh, that everyone would have a child-like faith like 
Amanda's-that we would calmly walk with our hand in God's, 
letting Him lead, completely trusting that He's in control and 
knows what's best for us. -Adapted from a life incident. 
—Serena Foster, Goshen, Indiana 


The most important event in human history was when God 
revealed Himself to man hi the likeness of man. It was a 
fulfilled promise He made two thousand years before it came to 
pass. It was the theme of the Old Testament prophets, who 
longed to see it. "Searching what, or what manner of time the 
Spirit of Christ did signify when it testified before hand the 
sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow," (I Peter 
1:11) "...God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, 
seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the 
world, received up into glory." (I Timothy 3:16) 

We know of no other historical event that, world wide, 
creates more festivity than does the anniversary of Christ's birth. 
The joy, exaltation, and acclaim that took place when this 
occurred has captivated the world's intellectual mind. Through 
this, His birth has become the focal point of Christ's mission for 
many. We believe this has a power to appease the mind — to 
acclaim His Lordship. 

God, previously making Himself known through an earthly 
nation and law, has now revealed Himself becoming a servant 
of humanity. His honor and glory is no longer vindicated 
through earthly powers and laws, but through humble service of 
those that believe in Him, 

To glorify God is a Biblical command. "For ye are bought 
with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your 
spirit, which are God's." (I Cor. 6:20) "That ye may with one 
mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also 
received us to the glory of God." (Rom. 15:6,7) "Let your light 
so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and 
glorify your Father which is in heaven. " (Matt. 5:16) 

"By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye 
have love one to another." (John 13:35) The most excellent 

testimony of God's glory is man restored to the image of Christ, 
in humble service, serving one another, bearing one another's 
burdens, and so fiilfilling the law of Christ. 

—Kenneth Martin 

Ray Barnett 9605 St. Rte. 36 East 

Bradford, OH. 45308 

CROWLEY — A son, Daniel James, born October 13, to Kevin 
and Jennifer Crowley of Spring Valley, California. 

TATE — A son, David Benjamin, born October 29, to Bill and 
Karen Tate of Bremen, Indiana. 

BOWSER -- A son, Wesley John, born November 28, to Allan 
and Rhoda Bowser of Collins, Mississippi. 

HILTY - A daughter, Melissa Suzanne, born November 30, to 
Jeff and Allison Hilty of Greenville, Ohio. 

19201 Cherokee Rd. 
Tuolumne, CA 95379